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East Africans were last night treated to a rare sight in the skies when two planets Venus and Jupiter courted the crescent moon for several hours, in a rare close grouping of the three brightest planets.
In the phenomenon, the crescent moon appeared with the two planets just close to it as brightly shining stars.
The phenomenon happens when Venus, the second closest planet to the sun and seemingly stuck just above the horizon for a couple of months, finally gains altitude in December getting in close quarters with Jupiter, which is headed downward. The big planet will be half as high by December 31, when it has its second close encounter of the month.
The next time the three will be as close and visible as this week will be November 18, 2052
December 2, 2008
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Dec 2, 2008 1:03:38 am
nice shot

by sathyajeeva Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 1:09:30 am
Ah ha, Glad you captured this. Good shot. It was too cloudy here for me to see this tonight. If you get another opportunity, try a faster shutter speed you will like the results even more. The moon and stars in this configuration reflect a great deal of light...the faster shutter speed eliminates the brilliance and gives you resolution of the moon's surface...even in this phase. Well seen...


by bmac62 Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 1:12:07 am
Great shot.

by missykia Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 1:22:05 am
I am so glad I wasn't the only one to contend with a cloud band between the moom and us! Great photo of the spectacular occasion Santa, well done.

by busi2ness Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 1:55:26 am
Fantastic capture.

by babuci Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 2:23:45 am
Super capture.

by ledwolorz Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 2:42:26 am
Excellent capture Santa.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 5:00:02 am
Excellent capture Santa... You really got it so well!
I spent about half an hour outside playing with my 500mm lens on different exposure settings to capture this rare phenomena!!!!! Switched off all the lights in and around my house to try and minimize light polution... and all of this after driving back from Swaziland and being dead tired.... What us photographers wouldn't do eh????

by Meisiekind Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 6:15:06 am
Great capture! I also posted one, It's interesting to see the different pov from around the world. Thanks for sharing :)

by DAVER2112 Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 7:30:38 am
superb image !!!!

Indeed strange how different places have different views on these worlds

Luna is great

by efron_241 Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 8:52:47 am
Awesome to see this from a different point of view, what a capture! And thanks for your text, I didn't realize that it was such a privilege to witness this event although it did feel very special, I felt a lot of harmony when looking at it, I saw what Dave2112 captured being on the East Coast of the US and it was so beautiful.

by Realm_Of_Illusion Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 1:36:12 pm
Great shot. Yes, down there they are almost aligned. I looked at this last night and thought about taking a picture. Now I wish I would have taken it!

by junge1 Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 2:01:56 pm
A splendid capture.

by johnabutler2 Homepage »

Dec 2, 2008 11:49:19 pm

by auntietk Homepage »

Dec 6, 2008 9:14:44 pm
Wonderful capture of this rare moment! Well done.

by e-brink Homepage »

Dec 22, 2008 5:17:06 am
Wow what an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing hugs Jane xx

by JaneEden Homepage »

Dec 24, 2008 2:00:11 am
Very well done!
Seasons Greetings!

by cfulton Homepage »

Jan 19, 2009 9:01:49 am
Beautiful shot!

by arcavee Homepage »

Feb 16, 2009 2:27:41 am
This is beautiful and nice to meet you
Adding this to my favs
Back later to view more of your gallery
Late here in Ky
So nice to meet you

by Blush Homepage »


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