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Clear Night - Moon and Venus

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
Bright Moon and Venus in close proximity - low in the South Western sky tonight

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Robert Watcher

Well-known member
When the crescent moon is just a sliver each month, the phrase “old moon in the young moon’s arms“ poetically describes a marvel of nature. This marvel shows the shadow of the Earth reflecting back the largely blue light from the Earth, known as earthshine. I noticed this effect and so took a shot at an exposure that would show it, where highlights would out of necessity be blown out. An the. Of course I artistically enhanced the image to my taste.

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I marvel how the ancient Romans, (Aristarchus and Seleucus), already understood heliocentricity!