Monday, December 05, 2005

Conjunction in two hemispheres

Here is the Moon, approaching Venus, this past Saturday night, as seen from Brooklyn.




And here are Venus and the Moon twenty-four hours later. The moon's orbit has taken it farther to the left of the sky, as in any photo taken in the Northern Hemisphere, and it has slipped past Venus:


In Australia, Beche-la-mer caught the Moon and Venus at a midway point between these two photos: see this photo, where the moon has not yet reached Venus. In photos from the Southern Hemisphere, as I love to talk about, the moon's orbit takes it to the right of the sky.

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