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More favorite photos of February 20-21 planets and moon

Wonderful photos of Venus and Mars, and the waxing moon, after sunset on February 20-21, 2015! Thanks to all who posted at EarthSky Facebook or submitted to EarthSky.org.

Anthony Lynch in Ireland caught the trio on Saturday night, February 21.  Thanks, Anthony!

Anthony Lynch in Ireland caught the trio on Saturday night, February 21, and posted at EarthSky Facebook. Thanks, Anthony!

Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France also posted at Earthsky Facebook last night.  He caught the planets and moon in the same frame with the International Space Station!  Thank you, Mohamed.

Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France also posted at EarthSky Facebook last night. He caught the planets and moon in the same frame with the International Space Station! Thank you, Mohamed.

Rajib Maji in India caught the trio on February 21.  Thank you, Rajib!

Rajib Maji in India caught the trio on February 21. Compare this photo to his photo below, from February 20, and you’ll see how much the moon moved in a single day. That movement, of course, is due to the moon’s actual motion in orbit around Earth. Thank you, Rajib!

Zhean Peter Nacionales, a wonderful young photographer who has been posting to EarthSky Facebook for several years, made this cool self-portrait with the planets and moon on February 21.

Zhean Peter Nacionales, a wonderful young photographer who has been posting to EarthSky Facebook for several years, made this cool self-portrait with the planets and moon on February 21. Notice how much the moon had moved from the day before (all photos below).

Thom Luxford submited this photo to EarthSky from White Rock, British Columbia.

Thom Luxford submitted this photo to EarthSky.org on February 20 from White Rock, British Columbia. If you’ll compare this photo to the one above, by Zhean Peter Nacionales, you’ll see how much the moon moved as Earth turned beneath the sky over some hours, bringing moonrise to islands in the vast Pacific, and finally to the Philippines on February 21.

Terry Lee Smith caught the planets and moon from Pocatello, Idaho

Terry Lee Smith caught the planets and moon on February 20 from Pocatello, Idaho

Lee A. Freel in Earp, Calfornia saw them like this.

Lee A. Freel in Earp, Calfornia saw them like this on February 20.

Eric Smith in Paso Robles, California posted his photo of the planets and moon at EarthSky Facebook.

Eric Smith in Paso Robles, California posted his photo of the February 20 planets and moon at EarthSky Facebook.

Billie C. Barb captured them from Freeland, Washington

Billie C. Barb captured them from Freeland, Washington

Joe Randall in Colorado posted this beautiful capture of the planets and moon at EarthSky Facebook.

Joe Randall in Colorado posted this beautiful capture of the February 20 planets and moon at EarthSky Facebook.

Jody M. Tanner was almost clouded out, but instead got this lovely shot.

Jody M. Tanner was almost clouded out, but instead got this lovely shot on February 20.

Jim Yaussy submitted this photo to EarthSky from Albright, Washington.

Jim Yaussy submitted this photo to EarthSky.org from Albright, Washington.

Greg Diesel Walck's photo beautifully caught the red color of the planet Mars.

Greg Diesel Walck’s February 20 photo beautifully caught the red color of the planet Mars.

Jeremy Lux caught them from Elmira, New York.

Jeremy Lux caught them from Elmira, New York.

Submitted on EarthSky Facebook by Steven A. Sweet / Lunar101 - MoonBook.

Submitted at EarthSky Facebook by Steven A. Sweet / Lunar101 – MoonBook.

KKing in Englewood, Florida caught the planets and moon, with a reflection.

KKing in Englewood, Florida caught the planets and moon on February 20, with a reflection.

Cheryl Nicholson's capture of Venus, Mars and the moon.

Cheryl Nicholson’s capture of Venus, Mars and the moon on February 20.

Mat in Pennsylvania submitted this photo of the planets and moon on February 20 to EarthSky.

Mat in Pennsylvania submitted this photo to EarthSky.org of the planets and moon on February 20.

From Earth's Southern Hemisphere, the orientation of the planets and moon was different.  Here is a beautiful shot submitted to EarthSky by Helio de Carvalho Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

From Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, the orientation of the planets and moon was different. Here is a beautiful shot submitted to EarthSky.org of the February 20 planets and moon, by Helio de Carvalho Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Geza Bakonyl caught the planets and moon from Hungary

Geza Bakonyl caught the planets and moon from Hungary on February 20.

Elena Gissi caught the planets and moon from Italy.

Elena Gissi caught the planets and moon from Italy.

Farman Shams captured them from Karachi, Pakistan, when the moon was still well below the planets.

Farman Shams captured them from Karachi, Pakistan, when the moon was still well below the planets.

Rajib Maji caught the February 20 planets and moon from India.

Rajib Maji caught the February 20 planets and moon from India.

Carl Galloway in Indiana also caught them on February 19, when the moon was still below the planets.

Carl Galloway in Indiana also caught them on February 19, when the moon was still well below the planets.

Dinh Nguyen caught the planets and moon the day before, February 19, 2015.

Dinh Nguyen caught the planets and moon the day before, February 19, 2015. This is an amazing capture … I believe Dinh is on the U.S. east coast. It would have been a very, very young moon. See it near the bottom of the photo?

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Bottom line: Wonderful photos of Venus and Mars, and the waxing moon, after sunset on February 20, 2015! Thanks for the many dozens of photos posted at EarthSky Facebook and also submitted directly to EarthSky.org. We’re not able to publish them all but we love you all and thank you!

Deborah Byrd

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