Morning, Moon, and Mercury
Last week +Mercury
wandered far to the west of the +Sun
. As the +Solar System's
innermost planet neared its greatest elongation or greatest angle from the Sun (for this apparition about 27 degrees) it was joined by an old crescent +Moon
. The conjunction was an engaging sight for early morning risers in the southern hemisphere. There the pair rose together in predawn skies, climbing high above the horizon along a steeply inclined ecliptic plane. This well composed sequence captures the rising Moon and Mercury above the city lights of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. A stack of digital images, it consists of an exposure made every 3 minutes beginning at 4:15 am local time on April 19. Mercury's track is at the far right, separated from the Moon's path by about 8 degrees.
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Mudge
Explanation of the image from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120426.html