Wonderful gathering of Venus and Mars, with the Moon passing by

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.

Moon, Venus and Mars 250mm telephoto lens at f/9 ISO-800 1 sec.

Moon, Venus and Mars 250mm telephoto lens at f/9 ISO-800 1 sec.

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.

IMG_7294 moon with earthshine

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.

Canon XS on tripod 50mm lens, f/2 2 second exposure at ISO 200.

Canon XS on tripod 50mm lens, f/2 2 second exposure at ISO 200. Click to enlarge to full size.

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One response to “Wonderful gathering of Venus and Mars, with the Moon passing by

  1. Thank you for the great pictures. My son and I noticed the moon and planets,but we weren’t sure what we were seeing, It was very cool.

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