Sliver of Silver and Venus

August 11, 2014


PhotographerAndrea Anfossi
Summary Author: Andrea Anfossi; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a lovely conjunction of the waning crescent Moon and Venus (at left) as viewed from Buenos Aires, Argentina in the pre-dawn hours of June 24, 2014. Just a bare sliver of the silvery Moon can be detected among the gauzy clouds. Unlike our Moon, Venus appears brightest in its crescent phase since it's physically closer to us then. In late June, Venus shined at a magnitude of -3.7 -- the thin crescent Moon was only slightly brighter.
Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D3100; Lens: 0.0 mm f/0.0; Aperture: f/1.0; Exposure Time: 0.0008 s (1/1250); ISO equiv: 100; Exposure Bias: -2.00 EV; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Windows).