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Sunday morning moon and Saturn

An astrophotographer in Alamosa, Colorado, went outside before dawn to clear the snow. Then he noticed the moon and Saturn. That image and more, below.

Saturn is the brighter “star” below and to the right of the moon in this photo by Dennis Schoenfelder. The fainter true star in the moon’s glare is (I think) HIP90806, a faint star in the constellation Sagittarius. Photo by Dennis Schoenfelder

Dennis Schoenfelder in Alamosa, Colorado, wrote on February 11, 2018:

We got a couple inches of snow, and my wife and I went out this morning to move snow. I let her start without me when I saw the moon and Saturn. It was -7 degrees Farenheit [editor’s note: about -22 degrees Celsius]. My fingers got cold but I got the picture.

Oh… we did clear our sidewalk, as well as the sidewalks of two of our neighbors.

Thank you for submitting your photo to EarthSky, Dennis!

Of course, Dennis wasn’t the only person who spotted the moon and Saturn Sunday morning. People around the world would have seen them. More Sunday-morning moon-and-Saturn images, below:

Moon and Saturn Sunday morning – February 11, 2018 – from Paul Dawson in Boise, Idaho.

Steve Pond in the UK caught the moon and Saturn – to the left of the chimney – Sunday morning, too. Notice the difference between the 2 photos above and this photo. From the UK, the moon appeared farther from Saturn. In the hours it took Earth to spin, bringing the moon and Saturn above the horizon for Dennis and Paul in the U.S., the moon had moved in its orbit, to appear closer to Saturn.

Bottom line: Photos of the waning crescent moon and planet Saturn, Sunday morning, February 11, 2018.

Deborah Byrd