URBAN ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY!: A pre-dawn dance of the planet provided many interesting images from October through January and they could be seen even from light polluted New York City! Going back in time the series below shows the lineup of the five classical planets that were photographed in one sweep of the sky just before sunrise from Central Park. Known since ancient times, these planets span the heavens from Mercury just rising in the east to Venus, Saturn, Mars and finally Jupiter in the southwest. Various iterations of the planets and the moon were seen going back through early January, December and October.
Other January sightings included an occultation of the giant orange star Aldebaran by the moon and Comet Catalina glowing faintly as it raced through the solar system.
Jan. 28, 2016: The five planets with a gibbous moon near Jupiter. Four frame panorama spans over 120 degrees from Mercury to Jupiter.
Jan. 25, 2016: First attempt at getting all five planets at the Central Park reservoir. Five frame panorama.
Jan. 7, 2016: A crescent moon, Saturn and Venus rise above rooftops. A crystal clear atmosphere allows us to see “earthshine” on the unlit portion of the moon.
Jan. 7, 2016: The moon-Saturn-Venus trio rising over Fifth Ave.
Jan. 7, 2016: A beautiful crescent moon rises between east side buildings.
Dec. 6, 2015: Three planets and the moon at 4:10 am.
Oct. 12, 2015: A bright Venus near the top, Mars (diagonally down and left) and Jupiter (below Mars) in the October configuration.
Oct. 9, 2015: The planets barely peeking out through clouds join a nice crescent moon.
Oct. 8, 2015: The moon and Venus over a very still reservoir.
Oct. 7, 2015: Three planets shine through thin clouds over Fifth Avenue buildings.
Jan. 19, 2016: The leading unlit edge of the moon approaches the giant orange star Aldebaran just before the occulation.
Jan. 2, 2016: The only non-urban scene, Comet Catalina makes an appearance near the giant red star Arcturus around New Years’. From New Paltz.