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The Planets Align – Moon Jupiter and Venus

There are some great views in the west right now (yes now, get out there !) of a close planetary alignment between the Moon, Jupiter to the left and Venus above the Moon. The Moon is in a thin crescent phase too so you get the added benefit of that slightly blue-grey ghostly disk on the dark side of the Moon resulting from the earthshine effect ie. the reflection of sunlight from the Earth’s surface to the Moon. The alignment is particularly good tonight and tomorrow so do have a look. Image taken 25/3/12  8:30pm. Canon 350D, ISO 400, 18mm, 0.6 sec exposure.

Categories: Planets
  1. Louise Reyneke
    March 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    We watched the display from Blouberg Beach, Cape Town tonight at sun down. Awesome sight!

    • March 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Sounds like a great location ! Just been admiring the view here too in twilight with perfectly clear skies. Venus and the Moon make great companions.


      • March 27, 2012 at 4:18 am

        Here we are in Bullhwad City, Arizona admiring the planets – makes the world seem very small doesn’t it?

      • March 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

        Greetings – it sure does !

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