Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Black
Early morning risers were treated to a beautiful conjunction of Venus and waning Crescent Moon on June 24, captured in this seaside photo near Belmar, New Jersey, USA, planet Earth. The serene celestial pairing is seen above the Atlantic Ocean horizon as the eastern sky grows brighter with dawn’s early light. Wispy, scattered clouds appear in silhouette. But the exposure also reveals the night side of the lunar orb in the armsof the sunlit crescent. That shadowed part of the Moon, with hints of the smooth, dark lunar seas or maria, is illuminated by Earthshine, sunlight reflected from planet Earth itself.
APOD NASA 26-Jun-14
Waning Moon Online. Visibility 60%
November 24, 2013
Meade LX200 16”
SBIG 8300m + filters baader
The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the fifth largest moon in the Solar System.
Visible craters: Langree (Langrenus), Copernicus (Copernicus), Petavius (Petavius). And amazing lunar maria:
◊ Sea of Serenity (Latin Mare Serenitatis). The diameter is 700 km. Mare Serenitatis connects with Mare Tranquillitatis to the southeast and borders Mare Vaporum to the southwest. Mare Serenitatis is an example of a mascon, an anomalous gravitational region on the moon.
◊ Sea of Tranquility (Latin Mare Tranquillitatis). The mare material within the basin consists of basalt formed in the intermediate to young age group of the Upper Imbrian epoch. This Mare has a slight bluish tint relative to the rest of the moon and stands out quite well when color is processed and extracted from multiple photographs. The color is likely due to higher metal content in the basaltic soil or rocks.
◊ Sea of Crises (Latin Mare Crisium). Mare Crisium is 555 km (345 mi) in diameter, and 176,000 km2 in area. It has a very flat floor, with a ring of wrinkled ridges toward its outer boundaries. Ghost craters (craters that have largely been buried under deposits of other material), are located to the south.
Equipment: Meade 16 + camera STT 8300
Exposure Time: 1 sec.
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