Friday, 20 February 2015

Moon, Venus, Mars conjunction

There was a great sight in the sky tonight just after sunset: a sliver of a moon, a brilliant Venus, and, knowing where to look, a faint Mars.

Seen through the clouds, just the moon and Venus show up.

A little later (just gone 7pm BST), the sky is clearer, and Mars becomes visible, a faint red dot just about a moon diameter above the brilliant Venus.

These photos were taken with a Canon EOS20D, not with my phone!  They have been post processed; if you zoom in on the lower picture, you will see lots of little dots: these are artefacts, not stars.  However, the unzoomed picture captures close to reality, although not quite the effect of the brilliance of Venus, or the earthshine palely lighting the whole disc of the moon.


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