Venus, Mars and the waning crescent moon make a spectacular grouping this morning in the predawn skies. Dim Mars is 1.3 degrees to the right of the crescent moon. Notice in the image that the night portion of the moon is visible. This is known as “earthshine.” Sunlight reflected from our planet, gently illuminates the night portion of the moon.
Brilliant Morning Star Venus is about 6 degrees below the crescent moon.
For more information about sky watching events:
- 2017, November 13: Venus-Jupiter Epoch Conjunction
- 2017 Evening Planets
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2018: Jupiter’s Year in the Claws of the Scorpion, A Triple Conjunction
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018