Astro photography

Moon and Pleiades

The Moon and The Seven Sisters, July 8, 2010. This famous open star cluster is often called M45 in modern times, but it is also known by its traditional names of The Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters. A thin crescent Moon passing near the star cluster is always memorable. I stood in a field near my home to watch as the Moon and Pleiades rose gracefully above the horizon.

This photograph was taken at 3:19 a.m. EDT. The Moon was less than eight degrees above the horizon at this time, so it has a coppery colour from all of the atmosphere its light has travelled through. Earthshine gives a dusky glow to the shadow side of the Moon.

Four years earlier I took a similar photograph of the Moon and Pleiades, but with the pair much higher in the sky.

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