Hey Space Placers!
Full Moon, Belt of Venus and Earth's Shadow At Sunset
Rising Over Old Rag Mountain
Shenandoah National Park
Credit: Greg Redfern
As explained by NASA in the article:
To view the Full Moon rising and/or setting as I imaged in the above photograph, you need a clear view of the Eastern (rising) and/or Western (setting) horizon. The Belt of Venus and Earth's Shadow will be visible if the sky is clear and is a beautiful end or beautiful beginning to the day.
If you are up in the pre-dawn be sure to look at the parade of four of the five visible planets in the East-Southeast sky. You will want to look about 45 minutes before sunrise to see this impressive celestial line up.
Jupiter appears a little less low in the dawn every morning. It's currently 12° from Venus. The two are closing in on each other; they will shine just ½° apart on the mornings of April 30th and May 1st. Make a note in your calendar! These are the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and Moon.
Mark your calendars for the other celestial events that the NASA and Sky and Telescope articles describe.
With world events being what they are right now seeing the night sky offers a respite for us all. Take some time this weekend to find some solace and beauty that the night sky provides.
Sky Guy in VA