As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day in this morning twilight view from New South Wales, Australia, the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus align in a beautiful conjunction as seen above the giant 64-meter dish of Parkes Radio Telescope. Stars of the constellation Taurus, the Bull, decorates the background of this planetary gathering. To the left of the Moon is the Pleiades star cluster. On the image right the prominent figure of Orion, the Hunter, is visible. Parkes telescope is known for its exploration of the distant Universe at radio wavelengths. But the antenna is also famous for its superior lunar television reception. On July 21, 1969 the dish received broadcasts from the Moon that allowed denizens of planet Earth to watch the Apollo 11 moonwalk.



comments (3)

  • Donn Reply

    I would like to know the detailed parameters in the processing of this image. Is it time exposure ‘film’?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:06 am
  • Lissette Reply

    It’s beautiful picture. Thanks for sharinging this photo. 😉

    July 19, 2012 at 5:48 am
  • Steve Reply

    Wow, everything in the sky looks upside down. I never thought that south of the equator, Orion would be standing on his head, and Pleiades would be emptying out.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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