Crescent Moon, Jupiter and Venus

September 21, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Domenico Licchelli, physicist
Summary authors & editors: Domenico Licchelli

The alignment of bright planets and the Moon is one of the most inspiring sights in the night sky and one that's easy to enjoy and share without any special equipment. Just after sunset on September 6, the young crescent Moon formed a beautiful trio with Jupiter and Venus above the western horizon, as seen here from Santa Maria di Leuca, in the south of Italy. Below Venus, on the left, Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, shines through the twilight.

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