Venus and Jupiter (and a Double Rainbow), March 16, 17, 18, 2012

A weekend excursion carried this writer to new viewing areas. This image was made on March 16, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. from the roadside rest at MM 70 on I-70 west of Columbus, Ohio.  Jupiter is below Venus.

On the next evening viewing from near Hide-Away-Hills, Ohio, a 30-second time exposure reveals, the planetary pair along with the Pleaides. Venus appears near the star cluster in early April. The tree at left was illuminated by a nearby light.

Sunday morning, March 18, brought a double rainbow.

On the return trip a stop at the Lincoln Oasis (I80/294), Illinois on March 18, the planets are visible over the busy roadway with Jupiter nearly beneath Venus.

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