Venus and the Moon Above the Ottawa River

January 09, 2008


Provided by: Aaron Jocko
Summary authors & editors:Aaron Jocko, Jim Foster

The photo above shows the waning quarter Moon, luminous Venus and their reflections on the tranquil Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada. The Moon and Venus, and even the brightest stars, can be brilliant enough to be seen as reflections in still water. As shown here, multiple reflections of each planet form individual glitter paths that can be easily observed when the water surface is rippled. Each tiny reflection is a miniature of the disk of the Moon or Venus. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for December 31, 2007. Photo taken from Mattawa, Ontario at 4:00 a.m. (local time) on September 8, 2007.