Transits of Venus, 2004 and 2012

Transits of Mercury, 2003, 2006 and 2019

The conjunctions of Saturn, Venus and Mercury, late June 2005

Planetary conjunctions during April-June 2002

The "Smiley Face" conjunction, 1st December 2008

Moon and Planets conjunction, 23rd February 2009


Occultations of Saturn

Great Conjunction December 2020



More Solar System Images


An attractive conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars on the 23rd February 2009 over the Brighton Yacht Club Marina. Click here to identify the planets. A beautifully colourful dawn followed.

The pretty conjunction of Jupiter with a Librae (Zubenelgenubi) on the 11th September 2006. Note Jupiter's four Gallilean moons are identified.

A rare conjunction of Saturn with the open star cluster M44 (The Praesepe) in Cancer; imaged on the 26/1/2006, 2min exposure through a 300mm f2.8 lens onto Fuji P400F slide film.

On the 15th February 2006 Mars passed by M45, the Pleiades. Imaged from Elwood, Australia; 2sec exposure through a 300mm f2.8 lens onto Fuji P400F slide film.

Mercury amongst the stars of Scorpius imaged from Elwood Beach, Australia, on the 9th November 2004. Antares is the red star directly above, whilst the scorpion's tail arches towards the top of the frame; Nikon CoolPix digital camera, f/2.6, 4s exposure @ 200ASA.

The conjunction of Venus with the Pleiades imaged on the 2nd April 2004 through hazy cloud; taken by eyepiece projection out of a 15cm f/4 reflector into a Nikon CoolPix 4500 digital camera, 8sec exposure.

Mars captured on the 16th September 2003 over the flood-lit Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland. Around-the-clock maintenance activity was responsible for the lighting.

A beautiful conjunction of the day-old moon with Jupiter, Mercury and Regulus taken over the the Sinai Mountains, Egypt on the 30th July 2003.

Jupiter and M44 imaged on the 1st April 2003.

Lunar occultation of Jupiter imaged on the 26th January 2002 a few minutes after Jupiter's re-appearance. 15cm f/4 reflector with 2X Barlow giving an effective focal length of 1670mm and f/11, 1 sec exposure. Note the cloud belts on Jupiter's image.

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus imaged on the 31st December 1997, including "Earthshine" illuminating the dark part of the moon; 2 sec exposure through a 200mm lens at f/3.5.

Conjunction of the Moon with Mars taken through wispy cloud at 02:15UT on the 13th April 2001; 1/2 sec exposure through a 1000mm lens at f/16.

A wide angle view of the beautiful conjunction of Venus with Jupiter that occurred on the the morning of the 6th August 2001 through a 28mm lens. Here is a view through a 50mm lens.

An image of the minor planet Vesta taken near the Hyades on the 23rd November 2001. The "V" of "Vesta" points to it. Saturn is middle top of the frame and Aldebaran is below left.