Moon and Venus in the Prairie Twilight

By: Alan Dyer

Sep 08 2013

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Category: Nightscape, Solar System

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Aperture:f/2
Focal Length:135mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/2 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

Tonight, the waxing crescent Moon passed by Venus for a close conjunction in the evening twilight.

At this time of year from my latitude of 51° north, the evening ecliptic always swings low across the southwest. So any fall evening planets, and the Moon, appear low on the horizon and set early.

That was the case tonight, for the close passage of the Moon past Venus (at right). However, their altitude allowed me to capture them and the prairie horizon in the same telephoto lens field.

It was certainly a beautiful sight over the harvested prairie fields, on what feels like an autumn night, though officially it is still summer.

– Alan, September 8, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer

 

 

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