2017, September 18: Venus, Moon, Mercury and Mars

Brilliant morning star Venus is joined by the 28-day-old moon this morning. The star Regulus appears about 1.5 degrees below the bright planet. Elusive Mercury appears low in the sky. It is easily viewed without binoculars. Dimmer Mars about 1.5 degrees above Mercury and it is emerging from the sun’s glare. It appears near Venus on October 5th.  (Click the image to see Mars easier.)

Notice the earthshine on the moon.  The night portion of the lunar surface is gently illuminated by reflected sunlight from our planet.

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