Young Moon and Ohio Blizzard

March 29, 2008


Provided by: John Chumack, Miami Valley Astronomical Society
Summary author: John Chumack

The charming photo above showing a snow covered landscape and the young, crescent Moon was captured on March 9, 2008 near Dayton, Ohio. After shoveling snow out of my driveway all day, with seemingly no end in sight, blizzard conditions finally gave way to clear skies. I ventured out to check the weather and was greeted by this Cheshire grin above the treetops. Note also the Earthshine, which is sunlight reflected off the Earth, dimly illuminating the darkened portion of the lunar disk. Our neighborhood picked up about 12 to 14 inches (5-6 cm) of fresh snow with 3 foot (0.9 m) drifts -- an unusual amount of snow for southwestern Ohio. Snow or cold, I could not pass up this shot!

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D DSLR camera, 75 mm to 300 mm lens -- set on a tripod, ISO 400, 2 second exposure.