NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection
Old Moon and Sister Stars
An old [ http://antwrp.gsfc. ] crescent Moon shares the eastern sky over Menton, France [ http://antwrp.gsfc. ] with the sister stars [ http://www.naic.edu pleiades_myth.html ] of the Pleiades cluster in this early morning skyscape recorded [ http://vjac.free.fr ] just last Friday, June 23rd. (Bright Venus was also near the eastern horizon, but is not pictured here.) Astronomical images of the well-known Pleiades [ http://antwrp.gsfc. ] often show the cluster's alluring blue reflection nebulae, but they are washed out here by the bright moonlight. Still, while the crescent Moon [ http://starchild.gs question3.html ] is overexposed, surface features can be seen on the dim lunar night side illuminated by earthshine [ http://science.nasa 12apr_earthshine.htm ] - light from sunlit planet Earth. Of course, you can spot a young crescent Moon [ http://antwrp.gsfc. ] in the early evening sky tonight. Having left the Pleiades behind, a lovely lunar crescent now appears in the west, lining up with [ http://skyandtelesc article_1748_1.asp ] planets Mars, Saturn, and Mercury along the solar system's ecliptic plane [ http://antwrp.gsfc. ].
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