Categories: Astrophotos

Astrophoto: Planets at Dusk at Trusk by Brendan Alexander


Oh my! What a gorgeous combination of planetary conjunctions and a beautiful landscape! Brendan Alexander (@DonegelSkies) posted this image on our Flickr page, making all our jaws drop at Universe Today. The image wasy taken on March 4, 2012. “When I arrived at Trusk Lough, Ballybofey County, Donegal (Ireland) to try and get a shot of this stunning alignment, a cloud was blocking my view of Mercury,” Brendan wrote on Flickr. “I did manage to get a few shots of all three planets just before Mercury dipped below the horizon.”

Image Details:
Time & Date: 19:30 4th Mar 2012
Equipment: Canon 1000D and Sigma 20mm F1.8 lens
Exposure: 8sec, ISO 200, F1.8 with in camera noise reduction

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Nancy Atkinson

Nancy has been with Universe Today since 2004, and has published over 6,000 articles on space exploration, astronomy, science and technology. She is the author of two books: "Eight Years to the Moon: the History of the Apollo Missions," (2019) which shares the stories of 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make landing on the Moon possible; and "Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos" (2016) tells the stories of those who work on NASA's robotic missions to explore the Solar System and beyond. Follow Nancy on Twitter at and and Instagram at and

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