Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Smiley moon

Some moon images from last night. The moon sems happy/grinning/mischeivious and just plain blurry, ha.

IS it a flying saucer? Is it a runaway intergalactic missile? No, it's just a smiley face, formed by a rare alignment of heavenly bodies.

Right on schedule on Monday evening, Venus, Jupiter and a three-day-old crescent moon have appeared as a smiley face above the western horizon.

While they appeared to be close together, in reality they weren't. The crescent moon is 403,000km away while Venus is 149.5 million kilometres away and Jupiter 870 million kilometres.

The unusual astronomical event was observed for several hours early on Monday evening. It will be another five years before it appears again.

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