Moon, Venus and Jupiter Alignment from Syracuse, Italy

April 10, 2019

Moon Venus and Jupiter Aligment On Shore Of Syracuse

April 2019 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Dario Giannobile
Summary Authors: Dario Giannobile; Jim Foster

Featured above is an eye-catching alignment of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter (from left to right, respectively) as observed from the interesting rocky shore of Syracuse, Sicily (Italy), shortly before morning twilight on February 1, 2019. The camera is facing east. The fishhook shape of the constellation of Scorpio can be recognized, embedded in the summer Milky Way, at far right-center.

Note also the glitter paths of the Moon (waning crescent) and Venus on the Mediterranean Sea. Since Jupiter isn’t as brilliant as the Moon or even Venus, its glitter path is quite dim. The path of moonlight on the water appears redder than Venus’ because the Moon is close to the horizon and therefore has a longer path length – its light passes through more atmosphere and thus nearly all of the blue and green light is scattered from our view.

Photo Details: Camera: Canon EOS 6D; Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 (Windows); Exposure Time: 221.000sc; Aperture: ƒ/2.0; ISO equivalent: 3200; Focal Length: 20.0mm.