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Nature Pic of the Day - 20200623 - 3% Moon & 7.9% Venus
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June 23, 2020: 3% Moon & 7.9% Venus
Moon and Venus in the Sky
Credit & Copyright: Derek Steen from Nazareth, Pennsylvania
3% Moon & 7.9% Venus: This lovely Moon is 3% illuminated. Venus is 7.9% illuminated (yes, you can see a similar "C" curve in Venus). It was an absolute joy watching them rise and fade into the sky with the sun quickly following them. Tomorrow the Moon will be 1% illumination: challenge accepted!

For the past two months, I have been on a quest to capture the thinnest crescent moon I can. Last month it was cloudy/rainy surrounding the new moon, so I didn't think it would be visible. This month, I'm so determined that I don't care if there's a hurricane (or Starlink satellite 7 passing overhead at 2246 hours when I have to wake up at 0350 hours to catch the moonrise); nothing will stop me! And it has paid off!

At the beginning of the week, the weather forecast for June 17-21 (the days surrounding the new moon) predicted clouds and rain. Either the prediction was weaker than I thought, or things have changed because — although there were some clouds — there was plenty of clear sky to see the Moon, Venus, and the Sun.


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2020-06-23 13:07:24
Renee from PA about 2 months ago said:
Fabulous capture!!!
Sweetpea from Somewhere about 2 months ago said:
Ahhh! The wonders of our world we would miss out on without NPOD.
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