The Sun Solar System: the Moon Planets observing logs

The Planets

March 23, 2004: The Moon, Venus and Mars

Around 21.00hrs I observed Mars, Venus and the crescent Moon, standing close together in the western sky. There was a lot of moisture in the air, and the light pollution is severe in the west, but I still managed to see the Moon and the two planets together with Alnath (Beta Tauri) with the naked eye.

Moon, venus, mars

On the image above you see Venus to the southwest and Mars to the southeast of the three-day-old Moon. To the north you can see Beta Tauri, a star with a magnitude of 1.6. This star is shared with Auriga and therefore also known as Gamma Aurigae.

The image was taken with the Nikon Coolpix 4500 mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. Exposure time was 4 seconds, aperture f 5.1 and ISO 100.

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