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Three Worlds, One Shot: a February 2015 Conjunction Event

Conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Mars on Feb. 20, 2015. © Jason Major.

Conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Mars on Feb. 20, 2015. © Jason Major.

Did you have clear skies last night? If so, you may have been able to catch the sight above: a conjunction of the crescent Moon and the planets Venus and Mars in the western sky!

I captured the photo above with a Nikon D7000 and a Sigma 150-500mm lens. Venus is the brighter object at left, Mars appears dimmer and redder above. Part of the Moon’s “dark side” can be seen due to Earthshine – sunlight reflected off Earth onto the Moon. (Sometimes romantically called “the old Moon in the new Moon’s arms.”)

Although the worlds were only within a degree or two of each other in the sky they were in reality very far apart (obviously). The actual distances from Earth to each at the time of the event? Moon: 363,784 km; Venus: 213 million km; Mars: 329.1 million km.

Check out this and other images in my Flickr gallery here.

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Posted on February 21, 2015, in Mars, Night Sky, The Moon and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thanks to you, I have captured it here! And an interesting discourse as well… Incidentally, America is planning to begin colonizing Mars in 2025: a one way trip! I plan on bringing my rubber ducky, and my beany cap, to thwart off dangerous, gamma radiation :O)

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  2. Lovely! Re-blogged on Gunsmoke and Knitting.

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  3. Reblogged this on blunders and absurdities.

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  4. Great picture! Thank you

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  5. It certainly was beautiful from here in Nicaragua as well!

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