Waning moon and morning planets

Photos from the EarthSky community of the moon’s sweep past a trio of bright planets – red Mars, golden Saturn and bright Jupiter – over this past week.

Waning crescent moon and a little arc of 3 planets.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | John Merriam in St. Augustine, Florida caught the moon and planets on April 18, 2020. See the little arc of 3 planets in the upper right of this photo? From right to left, they are are Jupiter (brightest), Saturn and Mars. The moon has now moved past the planets and is heading in the sunrise direction. New moon will be April 22-23, leaving the skies dark around mid-week this week for the Lyrid meteor shower. Thank you, John!

Waning moon in a line with Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.

Our friend Alexander Krivenyshev of WorldTimeZone.com captured this image on April 17, 2020. He wrote: ” … got up early (3:50 a.m. alarm clock for 4:07 a.m. moonrise) to photograph Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and waning crescent moon. Rising early morning, taking advantage of coolish (37 degrees F) clear skies over New York City. Stay well!” Thanks, Alexander … you stay well, too!

Composite image showing small telescope views of the moon and each planet.

Waning moon and 3 planets on April 17, 2020 from Lee Capps. Thanks, Lee!

Moon and 3 planets over a Saguaro cactus.

Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona caught the planets on April 15, 2020. Thank you, Eliot!

Moon through treetops and 3 labeled planets before sunup on April 15.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Chuck Reinhart of Vincennes, Indiana, took this photo at 5:30 a.m. on April 15. He said: “I got up early to photograph Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars close to the moon.” Thank you, Chuck!

3 planets, crescent moon in deep blue sky above telephone lines before sunup on April 15.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | From Paul Armstrong, who said: “Mars, Saturn and Jupiter this morning [April 15] from Exmoor, UK.” Thanks, Paul!

Moon and 3 labeled planets before sunup on April 14.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jenney Disimon captured the April 15 line-up of planets from Sabah, N Borneo. Thank you, Jenney!

Moon with light streaks and 2 planets with a bare tree over a rooftop in foreground.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Steve Pond in East Grinstead, Southern England, said: “Wednesday morning moon sitting beneath Saturn and Jupiter, and forming a nice triangle in the sky.” Thank you, Steve!

Close up on moon and Jupiter, with a few of Jupiter's moons showing.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Binocular view of the moon/Jupiter conjunction on April 15, 2020, via Dr Ski in the Philippines. See Jupiter’s moons? That glimpse is very similar to what ordinary binoculars – like those you might use for birdwatching – will show you. Thanks, Dr Ski!

Very bright moon, a little arc of 3 dots, the planets.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Did you see the planets and moon this morning? Dr Ski in Valenica, Philippines, caught them, with the moon poised above Jupiter (brightest), Saturn (middle) and Mars (reddish). Thanks again, Dr Ski!

Crisp crescent moon and 3 planets in a deep blue sky.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Terri Norris in Springfield, Ohio, saw the moon and 3 planets on April 14 and caught them in this double-exposure image, explaining: “Shot with Olympus EM1M3 using Starry Sky mode. It’s a double exposure shot in order to get the bright moon properly exposed. The colored lights in the left edge of the image are lights of a plane passing in the 2.5-second exposure.” Thanks, Terri!

Bridge railing in foreground, moon and planets in background over a lake.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Donald Gargano in Tamworth, New Hampshire, caught the planets and moon on April 14: “… from a bridge looking south over Little Lake, last quarter moon and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.” Thank you, Donald!

Skyline of tall buildings sparkling with lights and labeled planets and moon overhead.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Alexander Krivenyshev in Guttenberg, New Jersey – of the website WorldTimeZone.com – wrote on April 14: “Taking advantage of reasonable clear sky conditions after yesterday’s stormy weather. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars line up with the last quarter moon before dawn on Tuesday over New York City.” Thank you, Alexander!

Bottom line: Photos from the EarthSky Community of the waning moon’s sweep past Jupiter (brightest), Saturn (middle) and Mars (reddish) – in April 2020. Submit your photo here. Thanks to all who submitted! View more planet photos at EarthSky Community Photos.

Deborah Byrd