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Lined Up Trails

By: Ling Zheng

 

Manukau, New Zealand

2011 March 31

 

From the photographer: "I'd been planning this shot for 2 months. I was worried because the sky was clear but the ground was really foggy. Luckily, after driving up to the top of the mountain, I managed to escape from the fog and took this beautiful scene of the sky: The 9% crescent moon joins the lined up planets (from top to bottom: Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury). I was lucky enough to take this trail of conjunction (9 exposures in 20 minutes) especially showing the brief visibility of Mercury, when it can be seen clearly at first and then vanishing in the twilight." - Ling Zheng

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