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Smiley Face Conjunction Panorama by Mike Salway

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On December the 1st 2008, Venus, Jupiter and the Crescent Moon came together and formed a unique shape in the sky – a smiley face!

This panorama was captured at Green Point, overlooking Brisbane Water, on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.


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My name is Mike Salway and I’m an amateur astronomer and photographer.

I’m the co-founder of the Amateur Astronomy community site, IceInSpace, and my personal blog site and image gallery is at

I love high resolution planetary imaging and deep-space imaging using a telescope, and I love capturing wide field vistas that involve a lovely foreground scene combined with astronomical interest in the sky.

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  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonalmost 6 years ago

    ha, I saw that on my way home from work that day and thought hey ,smiley sky , odd, to myself! great photo

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonalmost 6 years ago

    and your other photos of the smiley are stunning too!

  • Mike Salway
    Mike Salwayalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Marnie – it was great that so many people got to see this reasonably rare event. It got a lot of media attention which helped.

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