Nightly Night Photography Notes–Where all the Women are From

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The two brightest planets dominate the January night sky. Look for brilliant Venus shining in the southwestern sky at dusk. It’s a spectacular sight with the naked eye and makes a great complement to a twilight landscape image. Look for Jupiter shining higher than Venus in the southern evening sky. It’s not as bright as Venus, but still brighter than any star in the sky. Venus sets a few hours after sunset, while Jupiter remains visible until after midnight. Because it is so high in the sky at sunset, Jupiter won’t work quite as well in a photo that includes part of the landscape, but it will make a great accent in a photo of just the night sky. (I shot the accompanying image during a period when Jupiter was lower in the sky at sunset.)

Jupiter and Venus in the twilight sky

Jupiter (top) and Venus shine in the evening twilight sky at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

So, which planet is my favorite? Considering how much I love women, Venus, of course!

Nightly Night Photography Notes is a nightly (almost) nutshell of photo news and tidbits for night photographers. If I’m not out in the wilds creating night images, I’ll do my best to keep you updated on what’s going on in the dark. I need your help, though. If you know about anything coming up that night photographers might like to know about, please let me know in an email and I’ll make a post about it. Please note that I live in western North Carolina, USA, so unless indicated otherwise, all discussions that are location and time specific are based on latitude 35 degrees north and Eastern Time Zone, which is -5 hours from UTC time (-4 hours during daylight saving time).  

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