Smiley Face Conjunction Panorama over Brisbane Water 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 image was captured at Green Point, overlooking Brisbane Water, on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

Canon 350D + 17-70mm sigma.

It’s a HDR image made up of 3 exposures.

Reprocessed as a panorama for a friend.


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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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  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 2 years ago

    I can’t see it, fantastic pano though. Congrats on the Ken Duncan Awards prize!

  • Thanks!
    Oh you’re right – the actual conjunction was cropped out of this version LOL!
    I forgot to change the description.

    – Mike Salway

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 2 years ago

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