Regions:  

 

Five Planets and the Moon over Australia

By: Alex Cherney

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Victoria - Australia

Date: 2016 Aug 8

Show the guide lines Hide the guide lines

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, a grand planetary alignment of the moon and 5 planets in the evening sky. It is not a coincidence that planets line up. That's because all of the planets orbit the Sun in (nearly) a single sheet called the plane of the ecliptic. When viewed from inside that plane -- as Earth dwellers are likely to do -- the planets all appear confined to a single band. It is a coincidence, though, when several of the brightest planets all appear in nearly the same direction. Such a coincidence is captured here in August 2016, after sunset from Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. A second band is visible across the top of this tall image -- the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy.
Click the constellation icon above the image to find the planets. Alex Cherney, Terrastro.com

All TWAN photos and videos are copyrighted

Share this page:  twanight.org?id=3005605

(0)

 

 

Home  |  Galleries  |  About TWAN  |  Contact Us  |  Photo Policy