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See it! This weekend’s moon, Venus and Mars

Planets and moon over a cityscape.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Alexander Krivenyshev of the website caught this glorious image of the waning crescent moon (only 4% illuminated), the brilliant planet Venus and faint Mars – over Manhattan, New York – on January 30, 2022. Thank you, Alexander!

We received so many beautiful images of the waning crescent moon, the dazzlingly bright planet Venus and faint red Mars (now far across the solar system from Earth) on the morning of January 29, 2022. These three worlds in space were visible from across Earth, and they were aligned in the sky in a particularly striking way as seen from North America. We placed just a sampling of photos on this page. Be sure to check out EarthSky Community Photos for more. And, if you like, submit your photo here.

Thank you to all who contributed!

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Planets and moon above a sunrise horizon, with a desert foreground.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | John Ashley in Nogales, Arizona, wrote on January 29, 2022: “A 10% illuminated moon rises before twilight along with Mars (left of moon) and Venus (far left). Venus is above the Patagonia Mountains in southern Arizona, and the moon is above the Sierra San Antonio in northern Mexico. Mars lost its reddish color here due to the length of camera exposure, and to the light pollution and atmospheric haze over Nogales Arizona and Nogales Sonora.” Thanks, John!
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Eliot Herman in wrote on January 29, 2022: “Striking sight in Tucson, Arizona, as the moon and Venus rose in the predawn light.” Thank you, Eliot!
Crescent moon and Mars.
In the January 29 sky, Venus vastly outshone Mars. But Greg Diesel-Walck in Florida caught this beautiful image – featuring Mars and the moon – to make up for it. Thank you, Greg!
Bright "star" (really a planet) and the crescent moon, as dawn breaks.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Brandon Artmann in Silver Lake, Minnesota, caught Venus and the moon (Mars is behind the clouds) on January 29, 2022, from the field at the end of his driveway. Thank you, Brandon!
Venus, Mars, moon.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | The waning crescent moon, Venus and Mars have been gracing our dawn skies this weekend. Vermont Coronel Jr in Quezon City, Philippines captured them on the morning of January 30, 2022. Venus is the bright one on the left. Mars is tough to see, but visible in the expanded image, near the moon, in about the 11 o’clock position. Vermont wrote: “A good morning greeting from the trio.” Thank you, Vermont!
Scorpius with lines and moon with Mars and Venus to left.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Amit Raka in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India, took this image of the moon, Mars and Venus on January 29, 2022. Amit wrote: “This morning’s moon was near the red planet and also in the core of the Milky Way galaxy (from our perspective). Accompanied with Venus shining very bright in the morning sky. Scorpius is in the southeast and very clear. Nowadays the skies are really clear, which makes the night sky very attractive and mesmerizing.” Thank you, Amit!

Did you capture a great photo of the moon with Mars and Venus? Submit it to us!

Bottom line: See it! Check out the beautiful scene in the eastern predawn sky, as the moon, Mars and Venus met in the sky on January 29, 2022.

January 30, 2022
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