|THE GAP BETWEEN THE
MOON & VENUS NARROWS
made observing this event so spectacular is when the Moon presents such thin crescent
phase we can actually see its night side known as 'ashen light' which is in fact, light
reflected from Earth's clouds, land formations and oceans shining back on to the lunar
surface. What makes the view above somewhat bizarre for some beginners perhaps, is that
we're looking at the planet Venus (in inner world orbiting the Sun) and giant Jupiter (an
outer planet) - Earth is in between these two worlds. Spica is a blue-white star some 280
light years distant!
This image was taken with a Canon digital
camera attached to a AC295
Ultra Deluxe afocal camera mount piggybacked to a EQ5 motor driven equatorial mount.
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At Right: Spica is seen at
lower left while much brighter Venus is just above the Earth-lit night side of the Moon.
Images taken from:
Credit - Steve Massey
From the team at myAstroShop.com.au