Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT PREDAWN 2-26-14 MOON & VENUS

Hey Space Placers!

During the predawn hours of 2/26/14 you will a beautiful pairing of the waning crescent Moon and brilliant Venus.  Your location and viewing time will determine how they align but some parts of the world will see Venus covered (occulted) by the Moon.

This will be a good photo-op as there will be Earthshine on the Moon - the grayish unlit portion of the Moon. Just mount your camera on a tripod and take several pics at ISO 200 to start using a shutter delay to minimize camera jitter.

By the way the stars of summer abound in the morning sky which gives hope for the coming spring and release of winter's cruel grip this year.

Sky Guy in Cloudy & Cold VA

Dawn view
The thin waning crescent pairs up with bright Venus, then tougher Mercury. (The Moon is always plotted for the middle of North America. In Europe, move each Moon a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date. In the Far East, move it halfway.)

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