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Moon, Mercury & Venus - a pretty alignment

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#1 B 26354

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 02:50 AM

Nothing like a warm spring evening for a little post-sundown enjoyment of the darkening twilight!

 

The Mercury/Venus conjunction last Thursday was really cool to see... but the sight of this lovely alignment made me run back into the house and grab my binoculars and camera (the planets are clearer if you click on the pic):

 

Moon Mercury Venus - 05-24-20.jpg

 

As I was clicking away with the Olympus E-M1, I was looking at the Moon with my 15x60s... and about fifteen minutes before I snapped this second photo, while I was watching, the star at about the five-o'clock position suddenly popped into view from behind the middle of the sunlit crescent.

 

Moon & Star - 05-24-20.jpg

 

I love surprises like that!

 

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 04:03 AM

Thanks for posting this, we've been clouded out now for almost a week!!!!!


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 06:09 AM

The first picture is really nice.  Thanks for sharing them.

 

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 07:40 AM

very nice shots .

thanks .


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 11:02 AM

Thanks for posting this, we've been clouded out now for almost a week!!!!!

I feel your pain. I spent my first thirty years in cloudy/rainy PA, and I've lived many other places in the US that had similar weather... so I'm just ridiculously spoiled by the amazing weather where I am now (about 75 miles inland from the coast). Oddly... we generally refer to our springtime SoCal coastal weather as "May Gray" and "June Gloom"... but this spring has had far more clear nights than usual.



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 09:00 AM

Beautiful imaging.

Loved this alignment, thank you for posting!


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 03:36 PM

The crescent Moon will sweep past the planets Venus (the "evening star") and Mercury, plus the asteroid Vesta and the star El Nath on the evenings of May 23 and 24. Vesta is too faint to see without binoculars. The view is better on May 24, when the Moon will be higher in the sky and the entire grouping will be visible a little later, when the glow of twilight is less prominent.

 

https://stardate.org...gram/2020-05-23




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