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Peter Lowenstein
Mutare, Zimbabwe
04/24/2020
06:15 pm

Equipment Details:

4 second exposure with tripod-mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 in night scenery mode

Post-processing Details:

Photoshop Elements 15 - image size reduction and minimal application of Star Spikes Pro filter to point light sources.

Image Details:

Venus and Aldebaran (top) with the Pleiades and Young Moon setting below at 6.15 pm.
On Friday evening clear visibility and a cloudless sky promised to provide a perfect view of the Young Crescent Moon (only 18 hours old) setting below the local horizon to the north of Christmas Pass. However sunset at a quarter past five was followed by the development of a large sunset stratospheric aerosol twilight arch which was so bright that it prevented the thin young Moon from becoming clearly visible to the naked eye for almost three quarters of an hour. This left only twenty minutes to watch it setting. Just before it did I managed to capture this splendid image with planet Venus, stars and young moon present.