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Wow! Photos of moon, Venus and Saturn

Venus and Saturn were extra close on the sky’s dome this past weekend. Now the waxing moon has come back after sunset and is sweeping near them each evening.

Jeff Dai captured this photo on October 30, 2016. He wrote:

October 29 or 30 was the night of the Venus-Saturn conjunction. Jeff Dai caught the pair on October 30 from the world heritage site at Sukhothai, Thailand. He wrote: “A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars. The Milky Way in Sagittarius is sinking in the southwest right after dusk, affording only a short viewing window. Mars is also visible on the left.”

Dan Wyman in Oceanside, California caught Venus, Saturn and the moon on November 1, 2016.

Dan Wyman in Oceanside, California caught Venus, Saturn and the moon on November 1, 2016.

The moon and Venus are the 2 brightest objects to appear after sunset in early November. This is November 1, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. See Saturn below Venus? Photo by Helio C. Vital.

The moon and Venus are the 2 brightest objects to appear after sunset in early November. This is November 1, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. See Saturn below Venus? Photo by Helio C. Vital.

Linda Carlson caught Venus (far left), Saturn and the waxing crescent moon on November 1, 2016 from Orlando, Florida.

Linda Carlson caught Venus (far left), Saturn and the waxing crescent moon on November 1, 2016 from Orlando, Florida.

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The waxing crescent moon and Venus adorn the western twilight  for several evnings, centered on or near November 2. Read more

Don’t miss Venus and Saturn on the evenings of November 1, 2 and 3, when they’ll be near the waxing moon. Read more.

Vince Babkirk wrote:

Vince Babkirk wrote: “From our new home in Coimbra, Portugal, we had a very clear night on 30 October 2016. I was able to capture Venus, Saturn, the Teapot asterism, and Mars in this photo across the Rio Mondego. Taken about 50 minutes after sunset.”

Bright Venus and fainter Saturn over Tennessee on October 30 by Lester Fandel.

Bright Venus and fainter Saturn over Tennessee on Sunday evening – October 30 – by Lester Fandel.

David Wilson of Weaverville, North Carolina wrote:

David Wilson of Weaverville, North Carolina caught the pair Sunday evening. Notice Venus is much brighter than Saturn. Mars is above and to the left. David wrote: “We drove up on the Blue Ridge Parkway tonight to get some shots of the Venus-Saturn conjunction. We stopped at the ‘highest point’ on the parkway…”

Daniel Fischer (@cosmos4u on Twitter) caught the pair on Saturday evening.

Daniel Fischer (@cosmos4u on Twitter) caught the pair on Saturday evening, October 29, 2016.

Kai Cheong Chan caught Saturn, Venus and the star Antares after sunset on October 27, 216.

Kai Cheong Chan caught Saturn, Venus and the star Antares after sunset on October 27, 2016. Antares is sinking into the sunset by early November, increasingly difficult to see. Saturn will soon follow.

Bottom line: Photos of the brightest planet Venus – plus Saturn, Mars and the star Antares – in late October and early November 2016.

Deborah Byrd

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