The Moon, Venus and Jupiter on December 1, 2008
Willingboro Astronomical Society  Last updated 12.13.2008

On December 1, 2008, the planets Venus and Jupiter reached a minimum angular separation of 2.0 degrees when they were at the same ecliptic longitude. On the evening of December 1st in our area, they were joined by the four-day old crescent moon and formed a compact, nearly-equilateral triangle. Many club members took advantage of this picturesque alignment with their digital cameras (click the images for larger versions):

Ed Kraft, 11/29/2008 at 6:52 pm, Penns Grove, NJ

Jerry Lodriguss, 12/1/2008 at 5:20 pm, Voorhees, NJ

Russell King, 12/1/2008, 5:40 pm, Neptune, NJ

Lloyd Black, 12/1/2008, Haddonfield, NJ

Jim Mack, 12/1/2008

Al Meloni, 12/1/2008, Philadelphia, PA

Jim Mack, 12/1/2008

Roger Cowley, 12/1/2008, 5:10 pm

Joe Stieber
, 12/1/2008 at 5:06 pm, Delran, NJ

Joe Stieber, 12/1/2008, 5:15 pm, Delran, NJ