This morning I was rewarded with brilliantly clear skies just before sunrise. This was surprising as we’ve been having a few hazy days here in Chennai, India.
A crescent waning moon stood together in an almost straight line with Saturn and then with the massive red giant Antares- the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius (incidentally one of the constellations that most looks like the object it was named after).
As much as I realise that my camera is not exactly suited to astrophotography I could not resist the temptation to capture a photograph of these brilliant objects.
I apologise that you can’t see the details very clearly.
The crescent Moon also offers an excellent opportunity for us to observe Earthshine with the naked eye. Earthshine is when you are able to see a glow in the part of the Moon which is actually in shadow. Now the Moon is actually in shadow because the Earth is blocking out the rays of the Sun from reaching the Moon but the Earth’s own light (the light it reflects from the Sun) still reaches the Moon and this is what you see as Earthshine.
Hope you enjoyed the blog and that this will encourage you to go up and look at the skies.
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