The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Five, Count ’em, Five Solar System Objects

It was a tough shot…the Moon is only one day past old.  Mercury is nearby, both close to the horizon in the fading glow of twilight.  Venus, Mars and Saturn are higher in a darker sky.  Can you balance all the competing lighting levels in this photo?  Well, a professional photographer might be able to do a better job…I was just barely able to do it.  You are going to want to click to embiggen…and I put the full size file here this time for you.

The bright one toward the top is Venus, Saturn to its upper right and Mars to its upper left.  Now look at the slender crescent Moon toward the bottom.  Look to the upper right of the Moon and just above the cloud is a little dot…that’s Mercury! Yep, Jupiter is the only one missing from this party.

Since Mercury is hard to see in that pic, I am going to include another one with the Moon and Mercury zoomed in a bit here.


August 12, 2010 - Posted by | Astronomy, Astrophotography, Observing, Solar System


  1. Nice work, Rob! It looks pretty darn professional (and pretty!) to me.

    Comment by Dirk | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am a 8th grade teacher in NC and came across your site while researching some information about the solar system for my class this year. I just wanted to thank you for the great information and articles about the solar system.

    We would love it if you could write a few articles for us, or link to some of the current articles to help us spread trusted resources to other teachers. I have included a link to the site in hopes you might want link to it.

    Thanks and keep the great resources coming

    Bre Matthews

    Comment by Bre | September 3, 2010 | Reply

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