Friday, October 9, 2015

Australian Dawn Occultation of Venus of October 2015

In the hour before dawn the waning crescent Moon rose minus Venus. But that was because the  planet was already covered by the Moon. Then at 6:08 am local time at the beginning of twilight the first sparkle of Venus emerged from the dark limb of the Moon and in a few seconds brightened to its usual glory. The sight of a diamond glint held just beyond the horns of the crescent Moon was enchanting! Pentax Kx 300mm telephoto.

    UT 20:05, 8 Oct 2015

    The Two Crescents! Imaged at sunrise. Meade ETX90 with compact Canon camera through eyepiece.

    UT 21:18, 8 Oct 2015

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