2017, October 17: Venus, Mars, and Moon


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.

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