Four planets rising in the Eastern sky

During May (2011) we saw the unusual spectacle of four bright planets rising in the East before dawn.

I assisted at the special pre-dawn viewing session at Sydney Observatory on the 13th, here are some photos:

A few days later at McMahons Point I setup my Canon 1000d and took a frame every 20 seconds, I created an animation of these at a rate of 12.5 per second and added a title frame. A Power-Point slide sequence of the procedure is The resulting movie can be seen:
on vimeo
or youtube

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