Crescent Moon occulted or passed in front of Mars on December 6

Crescent Moon occulted or passed in front of Mars on December 6

December 11, 2010

Crescent Moon-MarsOne day old crescent Moon hugged the western horizon after sunset on Monday, December 6. The Moon also occulted or passed in front of Mars.

The Moon also occulted or passed in front of Mars. But only some well-placed skygazers along a band through North America were able to catch this lunar occultation’s final act in fading twilight. For example, this telephoto image nicely captures Mars as a pinprick of light, shortly after it emerged from behind the crescent Moon’s sunlit edge. With a tangle of tree limbs in silhouette, the luminous skyview is from De Soto, Kansas in the central US. Of course, this month’s upcoming total lunar eclipse will entertain a much wider audience of Moon enthusiasts during the night of December 20/21.

via APOD

By | 2012-11-25T13:42:08+00:00 Dec 11, 2010|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

One Comment

  1. Nina Papaioannou 2010/12/11 at 9:42 am - Reply

    What a romantic picture on my birthday !!!

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