Moon, Mercury and a Bigger Space Party

By: Cheng Luo


Jiangxi, China

2017 January 26


From the photographer: "This shows not only the meeting of Moon and Mercury, but also a much bigger space party. In the background deep space, there are many red nebulae: Lagoon nebula, cat paw, Omega, Eagle nebula and so on, and star clusters: M6 and M7. The moon is over-exposed but still can show itself with all the deep space objects. Mercury is just rising over the horizon. Saturn is above the galaxy heart. A meteor and a man-made satellite also show their trails. Click the constellation icon above the photo to see the captions.
The only participant on Earth is an ancient Taoism temple on the foreground. This temple was built about 1800 years ago by Ge Xuan(164-244, a master of Taoism in ancient China. The temple is at altitude of 1904 m on Wugong Shan mountain, Jiangxi province, China. The temple face east with 2 other temples together. It is a typical Taoist architecture facing due east,which agrees with Taoist allusion that the Purple Air comes from the east and auspicious comes. Nowadays, the temple was protected by local government and be a good site for sunrise watching. Wugong Shan mountain is a good place for outdoor sports and star-watching with few light pollution.
Technical details: Canon 6D modified, 35mm lens, F2, 13sec,ISO8000, light-pollution filter"
Cheng Luo

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