Nearly 20 years ago I was convinced I wanted to become an astronomer. I would spend every evening on the terrace with my telescope looking at the skies. I am probably now (professionally) placed at the opposite end of the spectrum- however once in a while I remember that the skies still continue to fascinate me.
Yesterday when driving back home I noticed the thin sliver of a crescent moon with a bright planet in the night sky. Being very low in the horizon I had problems photographing what I saw. However I did some research and discovered that the planet Venus (the bright object I saw in the sky) was in conjunction with Mars (conjunction- placed quite close together) and not very far away from the thin crescent moon.
Not wanting to miss this opportunity I spent quite a lot of time on our terrace and captured these shots. Enjoy! And if the sun hasn’t set on the 21st of February you can still catch this phenomenon. The next conjunction of Mars and Venus is scheduled for 2017.