APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

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APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:05 am

Image Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal

Explanation: Dawn's early light came to Montreal, northern planet Earth, on March 18, the day before the vernal equinox. At the end of that nearly equal night the Moon stands above a dense constellation of urban lights in this serene city and skyscape. Of course the Moon's waning crescent faces toward the rising Sun. Skygazers could easily spot bright Jupiter just above the Moon, close on the sky to a fainter Mars. Saturn, a telescopic favorite, is just a pinprick of light below and farther left of the closer conjunction of Moon, Jupiter and Mars. Near the ecliptic, even Mercury is rising along a line extended to the horizon from Jupiter and Saturn. The elusive inner planet is very close to the horizon though, and not quite visible in this morning's sky.

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Re: APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

Post by Ironwood » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:08 am

Don't forget to mention that the most famous dwarf planet was also in the pretty grouping.

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Re: APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

Post by daddyo » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:16 am

Endor?

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Re: APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:23 pm

conjonction-montreal-200318_crop1016.jpg
I really had really had to get close to the monitor to see Saturn!
Beautiful photo though! :saturn:
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Re: APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

Post by TheZuke! » Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:36 pm

I see ghosts!
:ohno:

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Re: APOD: Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal (2020 Mar 20)

Post by Tszabeau » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:34 pm

I’m no astronomer but always knew Leonard Cohen was a star.