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. Solar System, Ears Mornings, Early Mornings, Moon, Queensland Australia, Cities Lights, Mercury, The Moon, Moon Pictures
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Venus, captured in its morning conjunction with the Moon from earlier this month. Remind anyone else of Pac-Man? Fun little note: You can see how the moon turns red near the horizon, thanks to the filtering out of the shorter wavelengths of light as they pass through the thicker atmosphere between us and objects at the horizon. (via APOD)
Also known as the Moon's ashen glow, Earthshine is Earthlight illuminating the Moon's night side. Taken on Nowruz, the March 20 equinox, from Esfahan, Iran, this telescopic image captures strong Earthshine from an old Moon. The darker earthlit disk is in the arms of a bright sunlit crescent.
There are many pictures with a much larger view of Saturn than this one here, but zoom in and you'll see Saturn surrounded by six (6) of its moons! :D
Mercury is extreme. Of all the rocky planets in our Solar System, it’s the smallest and densest, it has the oldest surface and the largest daily variations in surface temperature, and, until recently, it was the least explored.