Venus and Jupiter and Solar Telescope

The two bright planets Venus and Jupiter are framed by the National Solar Observatory’s McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope in this astronomical scene.

The photo was taken at Kitt Peak National Observatory on March 9. A heliostat sits atop the 100 foot high solar telescope tower to focus the Sun’s rays down a long diagonal shaft that reaches underground to the telescope’s primary mirror.



Opened to begin the night’s work, the dome housing Kitt Peak’s 2.1 meter reflector is included in the frame, while the Pleiades star cluster shines above the heliostat tower.

via apod