View of the Planets
April 24, 2004
This photo above showing the nearly full Moon and 4 of the 5 visible planets was captured a few weeks ago from the Laurentide Wildlife Reserve in Quebec, Canada. Mercury isn't visible on this image but could easily be seen shortly after sunset in late March. Note Orion, at lower right center, and Sirius, the brightest star visible from the Northern Hemisphere, at lower center. Venus is a stunning jewel now positioned high in the western sky after sunset. It's almost 3 magnitudes brighter than Sirius (-1.4) or about 15 times as bright.