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Moon Over Haleakala

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Moon Over Haleakala


A waxing
crescent Moon shines over the caldera of
observatory domes
in this dramatic view from above the clouds.

Looking west from Maui,
Hawaii on May 31st, the scene also records the lights of Honolulu
on the horizon.

Near the strongly overexposed crescent is bright planet Saturn,
but included in the skyscape are planet Mars and the
Castor and Pollux.

Of course, skywatchers also found star cluster
M44, The Beehive Cluster,
in this early evening sky, wedged between
Saturn and the Moon.

In fact, as it closes with Saturn, Mars will pass
in front of the Beehive on June 15, so just
keep looking west.

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