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Best photos: Amazing moon and planets October 7-11

Best photos of the moon’s glorious sweep past the planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. Photos from EarthSky friends. October 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Beautiful moon and Mercury this morning - Sunday, October 11, 2015 - by Hope Thurston Carter.

Beautiful moon and Mercury this morning – Sunday, October 11, 2015 – by Hope Thurston Carter.

The planets - including Mercury on October 11 - by Patrick Casaert of La Lune The Moon on Facebook.

The planets – including Mercury on October 11 – by Patrick Casaert of La Lune The Moon on Facebook.

Moon near Mercury on the morning of October 11 by Marco Mereu at Villastellone, Turin, Italy.

Moon near Mercury on the morning of October 11 by Marco Mereu at Villastellone, Turin, Italy.

Dennis Chabot caught the elusive planet Mercury near the moon on the morning of October 11.

Dennis Chabot caught the elusive planet Mercury near the moon on the morning of October 11.

Planets before dawn on October 10, by Peter K. Yanke in San Rafael, New Mexico.

Planets before dawn on October 10, by Peter K. Yanke in San Rafael, New Mexico.

Venus, moon, Jupiter, more ... see Mercury near the horizon?  Taken on the morning of October 10 by our friend Annie Lewis in Spain.

Venus, moon, Jupiter, Mars … see Mercury near the horizon? Taken on the morning of October 10 by our friend Annie Lewis in Spain.

Tim Herring in Boise, Idaho wrote on October 10:

Tim Herring in Boise, Idaho wrote on October 10: “Woke early to shoot the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and Venus. Completely forgot Mercury is back in the picture. There it was, next to the tree across the field. This tree is often in my backyard captures, so great to have it next to the Messenger :)”

Venus, moon and more over Qutab Minar on October 10, 2015 by Abhinav Singhai in India.

Venus, moon and more over Qutab Minar on the morning of October 10, 2015 by Abhinav Singhai in India.

Niko Powe wrote on October 10:

Niko Powe in Illinois wrote on October 10: “Venus, Regulus, Mars, Jupiter, the moon, Mercury, and me up in Kewanee this morning!”

Venus, moon and company on October 10, 2015 by Dennis Chabot.

Venus, moon and company on the morning of October 10, 2015 by Dennis Chabot.

As seen from Australia on the morning of October 9, the moon passed in front of Venus.  Colin Legg caught this shot at Bremer Bay and wrote:

As seen from Australia on the morning of October 9, the moon passed in front of Venus. Colin Legg wrote: “…a 5-hour drive east of Perth to Bremer Bay where Venus would emerge from behind the moon just as it cleared the horizon. Perched on a cliff face, looking east over the southern ocean, I watched the two brightest objects in the night sky slowly drift apart as they climbed into a starry early morning sky.” Read more at Colin’s Facebook page.

Planets and moon above Ganden Monastery in Tibet.  Photo by Jeff Dai.

Planets and moon above Ganden Monastery in Tibet. Photo by Jeff Dai. He wrote: “Ganden Monastery is one of the ‘great three’ Gelug university monasteries in Tibet. I captured this celestial beauty above a Tibetan Buddhist stupa. More interesting is the decoration with sun, moon and stars at the top of the stupa, which symbolize the cosmology of Tibetan buddhism. Visit Jeff Dai on Facebook.

José Luis Ruiz Gómez in Spain caught the predawn scene on October 9.

José Luis Ruiz Gómez in Spain caught the predawn scene on October 9.

Venus and moon, with Jupiter below, on the morning of October 9, by Asthadi Setyawan in Indonesia.

Venus and moon, with Jupiter below, on the morning of October 9, by Asthadi Setyawan in Indonesia.

Venus, Jupiter, moon on October 9 by CB Devgun in India.  He's shooting from within the city of New Delhi.

Venus, Jupiter, moon on October 9 by CB Devgun in India. He’s shooting from within the city of New Delhi.

Moon and company on October 9.  Jupiter on the bottom, Mars above Jupiter, Venus above the moon and the star Regulus above and to the left of Venus. Photo by Ted Schultz in Florida.

Moon and company on October 9. Jupiter on the bottom, Mars above Jupiter, Venus above the moon and the star Regulus above and to the left of Venus. Photo by Ted Schultz in Florida.

Mercury was much harder to see than the other planets, but Ashley Fuggle caught Mercury on the morning of October 9! The moon will meet up with Mercury on October 11. Image taken from Folkestone Kent UK.

Mercury was much harder to see than the other planets, but Ashley Fuggle caught Mercury on the morning of October 9! The moon will meet up with Mercury on October 11. Image taken from Folkestone Kent UK.

Venus, moon and company on October 9 by Steve Pauken.  See Mercury?

Venus, moon and company on October 9 by Steve Pauken. See Mercury?

Vince in Guelph, Ontario, Canada caught Venus and the moon in daytime on October 8.  Venus is in the bottom right of the photo.

Vince in Guelph, Ontario, Canada caught Venus and the moon in daytime on October 8. Venus is in the bottom right of the photo.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8 by Alan Studt in Ohio.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8 by Alan Studt in Ohio.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8, 2015 from Nikolaos Pantazis in Greece.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8, 2015 from Nikolaos Pantazis in Greece.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8 from Richard Lakhan.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8 from Richard Lakhan.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8 by Tom Wildoner.

Moon, Venus and more on October 8 by Tom Wildoner.

Moon and Venus on October 8 by Jerry Meyers.

Moon and Venus on October 8 by Jerry Meyers.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter on October 8 by Amy Dengler.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter on October 8 by Amy Dengler.

Moon and Venus on October 7 by Jüri Voit Photography in Estonia.  On the right, you can see the constellation Orion.

Moon and Venus on October 7 by Jüri Voit Photography in Estonia. On the right, you can see the constellation Orion.

“We have had clouds for what feels like weeks! Finally got a nice shot of this morning group. I wonderful surprise was to see the beehive cluster right next to the moon. I was not expecting to catch that in the shot.” Photo by Greg Hogan, October 7, Kathleen, Georgia.

Moon, Venus and company on October 7 by Ken Christison in North Carolina.

Moon, Venus and company on October 7 by Ken Christison in North Carolina.

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