Planetary Conjunction

Planetary Conjunction of Venus, Mars and Jupiter

This planetary conjunction was taken with Kodak Kodachrome-X 35mm film with an ASA of 100
using a Zeiss Ikon 35mm camera with a 35mm wide angle lens at f/2 on August 7, 1966 early in the
morning. This was a one minute exposure taken from the roof of the 24-inch telescope building and
looking northeast.

Venus and Jupiter are close together just above the dome of the 16-inch telescope facility, with Venus
being on the right. Extremely faint in this Web page scanned image is Mars, just above the other planets.
Above and to the left of the dome, you can just see Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars in the
constellation Gemini.

Table Mountain Observatory, operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is located just west of the
town of Wrightwood, California at an elevation of 7500 feet.

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