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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

 

The Crescent Moon, Mercury and Spica (15 September 2015)

The crescent Moon, Mercury (above-left of the Moon) and the star Spica (above top of the Moon). Imaged with my Canon IXUS 400, ASA 2.5 second exposure on 15 September 2015 at around 19:00 ACST. Click to embiggen.The crescent Moon, Mercury (above-left of the Moon) and the star Spica (above top of the Moon). Imaged with my Canon IXUS, 400 ASA
6 second exposure 3 x Zoom on 15 September 2015 at around 19:00 ACST. Click to embiggen.

After what feels like months of bad weather, I finally got to see one of the planetary conjunctions that have been gracing our skies (behind clouds in my case). Mercury has been in an ideal position for evening viewing the past month, and the clouds have been an ideal position for hiding it, sadly. But tonight the clouds cleared, and the triangle of the Moon, Mercury and Spica glittered in the sky. The Crescent Moon cradled warm earth-glow. A lovely sight, well worth the wait.

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