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Moon and Planets above Perth

By: John Goldsmith

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Perth - Australia

Date: 2011 May 29

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During May 2011, skywatchers have been treated to a rare alignment of planets, in the early morning twilight. Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury have all were visible in the morning twilight. On 29 May 2011, the crescent moon also appeared near the planets, forming a superb astronomical sight. The spectacle is photographed here above Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. The elevated views from Kings Park over the city, and views from the Swan River, with city and moonlight reflections, have provided a superb viewing experience (Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a panoramic view of the Moon above this scene). This multiple-exposure image is made of photo taken every few minutes to capture the rising Moon and planets above the eastern horizon. The bright spot on the moon's right side is Jupiter. Venus, which was lower and rose later, is captured the moon's left in a close conjunction with fainter planet Mars. Mercury was the lowest and appeared only in the last two exposures (the two dots near the horizon left of Venus). John Goldsmith/Celestialvisions.com.au

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