Venus and Moon

in daylight

Venus and Moon
Éder Iván

There's something behind these clouds. Those faint graceful arcs, upon inspection, are actually far, far in the distance. They are the Earth's Moon and the planet Venus. Both the Moon and Venus are bright enough to be seen during the day, and both are quite capable of showing a crescent phase. To see Venus, which appears quite small, in a crescent phase requires binoculars or a telescope. In the above dramatic daytime image taken from Budapest, Hungary in 2004, the Moon and Venus shared a similar crescent phase a few minutes after the Moon eclipsed the larger but more distant world.

Image details

TMB 130/780 apo, 30mm Vixen LV
Nikon Coolpix 4300
SkyWatcher EQ6
Exposure time, filters:
1/100s, f/11, ISO100
Location, date:
Budapest, 2004.05.21., 12:55 UT
Observing conditions:
Transparency: 5/10, Seeing: 5/10

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