Our friend Yuri Beletsky, who lives and works in Chile and has taken many wonderful photos of Southern Hemisphere skies, posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook on Monday. Yuri wrote:
Sleeping giants … Those on the foreground are perhaps the most recognizable statues in the world, the enigmatic Moai statues from the Easter Island, located in the Southern Pacific.
Moon and Venus were setting soon after the sunset these days, and I managed to capture such a view: planet, moon, and the giants.
Thank you, Yuri!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.