Worlds Amid the Sunset Clouds

The waxing crescent Moon below Venus low in the sunset colours of a July summer evening over the waters of Little Fish Lake, in southern Alberta. Jupiter is at upper right but much fainter.  This is a 3-segment panorama taken with the Canon 60Da and 18-200mm Sigma zoom.

The thin waxing Moon shines near Venus above the colourful clouds of sunset.

Tonight, July 18, was the evening of a close conjunction of the crescent Moon near Venus in the evening sky. From my latitude at 50° North, the conjunction was going to be low, and at risk of clouds.

In this case, the clouds added to the scene as they lit up with sunset colours.

You can see the Moon and Venus at centre, while fainter Jupiter is at upper right, and perhaps not visible on screen at this scale.

The location is one I used last month for the Venus-Jupiter meeting, Little Fish Lake and Provincial Park, north of Drumheller. It’s a quiet spot. This Saturday night there were just three families there camping.

I shot this telephoto panorama with my red-sensitive Canon 60Da, which is designed to record red nebulas well, but does a nice job on punching up sunsets, too!

Alas, the clouds that painted the sky so nicely here, moved in as the worlds set lower. I wasn’t able to shoot them closer to the horizon amid the deep colours of a late twilight. But I’ll settle for this image.

– Alan, July 19, 2015 / © 2015 Alan Dyer /

2 Replies to “Worlds Amid the Sunset Clouds”

  1. Yes, I’m looking forward to the autumn conjunctions. But I think it is late October when the trio are at their mutual closest – 4.5° – as close as they will get until Nov 20, 2111 according to the conjunction calculator in Voyager 4.5. At least that’s what I wrote in SkyNews! But November has some nice events, too.

  2. Jupiter is readily visible to me, roughly halfway from Venus to the top right corner of the frame. Very nice shot, Alan.

    Here in Edmonton we were toasted by clouds early in the evening, though in the afternoon I managed 3 separate naked-eye observations of Moon-Venus duo, their position angle changing from one hour to the next as the Moon slid on past. Would have loved a twilight view but it wasn’t to be. We’ll have to wait for the Moon-Venus-Mars-Jupiter spectacular in the November morning sky!

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