Moon, Planets, and NLCs

By: Yuichi Takasaka


Region: Americas

Site: British Columbia - Canada

Date: 2009 June 20

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Planets Mars and Jupiter meets in a 2-degree conjunction while the morning crescent Moon rises from the eastern horizon. Click on the black constellation icon above the image to see the labels. The conjunction scene coincides with faint appearance of Noctilucent or night-shining clouds (NLCs). NLCs lie near the edge of space, reflecting sunlight from about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface. They are usually spotted above the Polar Regions in summer, as seen in this late spring image from Canada. Yuichi Takasaka/

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