Saturday, February 22, 2014

Third Quarter Moon with Saturn and Alpha Librae (α Lib)

Went out at 4:50am "for the first time in forever" (still have the songs from the movie Frozen in my head) on February 21, 2013. I saw the third quarter moon nestled between the brightest star(s) in Libra and the bright yellow planet Saturn.

Third Quarter Moon with Saturn and Alpha Librae
Single exposure at ISO 200, 100mm, f/6.3, 1.6 sec

Moon with Saturn and Alpha Librae (α Lib)
Composite of two images: Background from above and Moon at ISO 100, 100mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec

To the naked eye I could barely make out α Lib but I knew the moon should be right on top of it. Sure enough, the moon was less than 2º from the pair of stars.

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