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Venus, Peliades and Moon

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The moon, whilst interesting in it's own right, can be a royal pain for observing anything else, since it brightens the sky so much. This was a quarter moon near sunset on a clear evening. Venus and the Pleiades heading toward the sunset, with the moon following along. The line between the moon and Venus is known as the ecliptic - the plane in which the planets all orbit.
Above Venus, you can see the Hyades - the large < shape, being the horns of Taurus, the bull. Then above that, most of Orion as we see it south of the equator - upside down (:

This is a closer shot of just Venus and the Pleiades

Image size
4240x2832px 9.51 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
SONY
Model
ILCE-7S
Shutter Speed
16/5 second
Aperture
F/4.5
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Apr 2, 2020, 7:37:26 PM
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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer
Fascinating, Grant.
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AfricanObserverHobbyist Photographer
Actually seeing the motion of the planets along the ecliptic is always fascinating, indeed.