A Celestial Convergence: Saturn, Venus and Mercury

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While mankind below continues its relentless pursuit of priorities both pointless and profound, ancient forces silently nudge the planets into rare alignment that signals a celestial convergence in the heavens above.

Looking from the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton in California, across southern San Francisco bay towards the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond, three planets form a small triangular asterism to the right of center in this scene on June 25, 2005. From Left to right: Saturn, Venus then Mercury.

To the right of the planetary triangle are the brightest stars of the constellation Gemini: Pollux and, then further right, Castor. In the upper left corner is Regulus, the brightest star of the constellation Leo.

6 @ 15 second exposures, combined

Olympus Camedia C-4000, 4 megapixel

June 25, 2005, 9:50PM PDT