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Celestial Triangle

You might have noticed a couple of bright stars near the moon at sunset. Even the evening news on TV has made mention of the sight. It is a farely...

Celestial Alignment

You might have noticed a couple of bright stars near the moon at sunset. Even the evening news on TV has made mention of the sight.

It is a farely unusual scene… the Moon and two planets… Jupiter, and Venus. I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway on the 26th of February to get some clear air and made this shot.

Some people wonder why you can’t get detail in the moon and and nice sky. I’ll explain.

The moon, planets, and stars are actually very bright. To get detail in the moon and surroundings here on earth is beyond the capabilities of a camera. You have three choices: Detail of the moon. Detail of the landscape on Earth. Or you can Photoshop. The image above is pretty much as it came from the camera. Just a little after sunset the trio was captured in all their brightness with just a little detail of the evening sky.

Exposure info: f/6.3 at 15 seconds with ISO of 800. To get great detail in the moon, it might have meant an exposure of about 1/160th of a second.

This photo also appeared on Spaceweather.com.