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Posted June 16, 2017

I have an old Huawei G6-U10 which I used for several years until I found the need to upgrade to phone with a bigger internal memory. I eventually bought a phone (not an I-Phone) that has an upgraded camera which I can use for take more astrophotos. I have always been fascinated by conjunctions between the planets and the Moon, or between the planets themselves. Here is one of such conjunctions between the full Moon and Jupiter I have taken with my Huawei on April 11, 2017 in Pasig City at 20:58. This is the first full Moon of spring. According to Bruce McClure of .

“For the Northern Hemisphere, we often call the first full moon of springtime the Pink Moon, to celebrate the return of certain wild flowers. Other Northern Hemisphere names for this full moon are Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, or Easter Moon.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the first full moon of autumn. It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – the full moon that immediately follows the Harvest Moon. One month ago, the full moon on March 12, 2017, was the Southern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon because it was the closest full moon to their autumn equinox. The Harvest and Hunter’s Moons usher in a procession of moonlit nights, because the moon rises fairly soon after sunset for several nights in a row. If you live at middle or far southerly latitudes, look for the moon to shine from dusk till dawn for a few days in succession.”

Jupiter even shows hints of its equatorial bands in this image! Jupiter in this image is in the constellation Virgo near Spica. It will remain near Spica for many more months to come. The opposition of Jupiter, or its nearest distance to the Earth this year, was on April 7. Spica formed an isosceles triangle with the Moon and Jupiter at the time this picture was taken but it was not captured by the Huawei.

The Photograph below was taken through the Huawei on March 22, 2016 at 21:30 in Pasig City. Jupiter was at the constellation Leo at this time. Jupiter was about two weeks past opposition but was still at magnitude -2.5, brighter than the brightest star Sirius. The following photographs from Bogota, Colombia and Bristol, Tennessee are taken from

Moon and Jupiter on March 21, 2016 as captured by Rodolfo Useche Melo in Bogotá, Colombia.

Moon and Jupiter on March 21, 2016 from Lester Fandel in Bristol, Tennessee.

The following photograph was taken at 05:03 in Bacolod City on October 25, 2015. This was in the Iglesia Ni Cristo chapel compound just before the worship service which would start at 5:45. I was with Coach Arlene Rodriguez when this picture was taken. These are the planets Venus (the brighter planet in the picture) and Jupiter. Mars could not be seen in the photograph.

A zoomed out view of the planetary trio from John Chumack’s observatory in Dayton, Ohio on October 25, 2015. Credit and copyright: John Chumack. From

This last photograph was taken through the Huawei on May 15, 2016 at 20:15 in Pasig City. They are in the constellation Leo at this time.

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