Mercury, Jupiter and Venus – August to September 2016

Late August to early September 2016 features a nice showing of planets and the moon in the western sky shortly after sunset. Mercury, Jupiter and Venus do a little dance, joined in early September by the crescent Moon.

Here are some photographs of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus from the 25th August 2016. They are taken from Kalbarri in Western Australia, specifically at Blue Holes, a beach just a short walk from town.

Planets labelled: Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. The planets are barely visible at this wide angle scale but the twilight colours and foreground rock pools make up for it.

Planets labelled: Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. The planets are barely visible at this wide angle scale but the twilight colours and foreground rock pools make up for it.

Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. The planets are barely visible at this wide angle scale but the twilight colours and foreground rock pools make up for it.

Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. The planets are barely visible at this wide angle scale but the twilight colours and foreground rock pools make up for it.

Zoomed in to 100mm this is a photograph showing Mercury, Jupiter and Venus on the 25th August 2016.

Zoomed in to 100mm this is a photograph showing Mercury, Jupiter and Venus on the 25th August 2016.

Jupiter and Venus reflecting brightly in the foreground ocean at Blue Holes, Kalbarri (Western Australia) as they set over the Indian Ocean. Mercury is also visible.

Jupiter and Venus reflecting brightly in the foreground ocean at Blue Holes, Kalbarri (Western Australia) as they set over the Indian Ocean. Mercury is also visible.