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Young Moon and Sister Stars

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Young Moon and Sister Stars


A young crescent Moon shared the western
sky with thin clouds and the
of the Pleiades cluster in this
early evening skyscape recorded on April 19th.

Astronomical images of the
well-known Pleiades
often show the
star cluster's alluring blue reflection nebulae, but they
are washed-out here in the clouds and bright moonlight.

While the 3-day old Moon is overexposed, surface features can
be seen on the dim lunar night side, illuminated by
earthshine - light
from sunlit planet Earth.

Only a week earlier, brilliant Venus
also posed near the
sister stars.

Of course, Venus has not yet wandered too far from
the Pleiades and still rules western skies as
evening star

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