Sunday, August 03, 2008

Moon and Planets

It's been pretty cloudy here on Bonaire, but the skies cleared just in time for us to spot a super skinny Moon and the planet Venus last night.

In this picture, the star Regulus is to the right of the Moon, and the planet Venus is pretty far to the Moon's lower right, just above the roof line of our neighbor's house.

If it is clear again tonight, I hope to zoom out somewhere that has photogenic cacti or palm trees in the foreground.

As this Sky and Telescope story reports, the Moon will be to the left of the planet Saturn tonight, and to the left of the planet Mars on Monday night. The chart included with this story shows the alignment of the moon and planets as seen from the USA. You can tell from my picture that the alignment appeared a bit different here on Bonaire.

The evening planets are actually easier to see here in the Tropics than they are up North.

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