Crescent Moon and Venus - 1 (2012)

On the evening of 2012 January 25 (MST), the crescent Moon made an attractive pairing with Venus just after sunset. In the image above, Venus appears high over the peaks within Cave Creek Canyon while the crescent Moon (illuminated by earthshine) is below it.

This photo is actually a 2-frame mosaic shot with a Nikon D90. The two frames were combined into a mosaic using Photoshop CS5.

For more images of interesting planetary alignments, see Conjunctions Gallery. An almanac of other major sky happenings for each year can be found at Calendar of Astronomical Events.

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