3 Planets and the Lion

   This morning I had an opportunity to take a few pictures of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. Next to Mars is the star Regulus, the heart of Leo the Lion. Both Mars and Regulus are about the same in apparent magnitude, and look like a pair of contrasting colored stars I was parked near MO Highway 50 near where I live and as a suburb of Kansas City there is a lot of commuter traffic heading into the city in the morning..
mars-regulus-venus-cropped   The picture was a 6-second exposure so that I could get headlight trails. Other particulars: ISO 100; f10; 18mm. Mars and Regulus were easy to see with the naked eye however they do not show that well in the picture. This is a cropped portion of a picture taken with the lens at 50mm.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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