Friday evening….. Freezing cold! Hands hurt so much I only lasted 35 minutes outside, and it’s hard to work a camera in gloves at 13 degrees and a wind, but not using the gloves was out of the question.
But the very thin moon was close to brilliant Venus and much dimmer Mars. And when we look closer at the photos, there are more surprises.
The earthshine on the moon was wonderful, but click on the photo to see it full size and look for details – near the bright limb of the moon is a star that the moon eclipsed just a few minutes before this photo was taken. Look at the south pole (lower left) of the moon and the white dot – a lunar mountain top standing up into the rising sun on the moon. Up in the sunlight, it might be a good location for solar collectors for a lunar colony some day.
Here’s a slightly longer exposure showing the sunlit lunar mountain and the star near the moon.
Here’s a view showing how the gathering of the planets looked in the western sky…. at this exposure, the color difference between bluer Venus and reddish Mars is easier to see.