Out of this world!

Literally!

I noticed the other day a series of photographs of the moon and Venus that were included in an item on EarthSky News. All I am going to do is to republish a selection of the photographs so if you would like to read the full item, including all the photographs, then here is the link.

Mohamed Laaïfat Photographies in Normandy, France caught the little planet Mercury, too, along with the moon and Venus, on January 21.
Mohamed Laaïfat Photographies in Normandy, France caught the little planet Mercury, too, along with the moon and Venus, on January 21.

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João Pedro Marques caught bright Venus and the waxing moon on the evening of January 22, 2015, from Portugal. The reddish “star” above and to the left of the moon is Mars.
João Pedro Marques caught bright Venus and the waxing moon on the evening of January 22, 2015, from Portugal. The reddish “star” above and to the left of the moon is Mars.

In the above image, Mars may only be seen by viewing a bigger image here.

One Horse Media in Lolo, Montana wrote: “What a cool moon and view of Venus this evening! I was happy to have just enough time to take a few photos as soon as I got home!”
One Horse Media in Lolo, Montana wrote: “What a cool moon and view of Venus this evening! I was happy to have just enough time to take a few photos as soon as I got home!”

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Hecktor Barrios in Hermosillo, Mexico wrote: “Venus, Moon and Mercury, the latter barely visible."
Hecktor Barrios in Hermosillo, Mexico wrote: “Venus, Moon and Mercury, the latter barely visible.”

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Planet Venus and young moon on January 21, 2015, as captured by Cathy Emmett Palmer in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Planet Venus and young moon on January 21, 2015, as captured by Cathy Emmett Palmer in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Won’t add any more thoughts from me because each and every one of you will have your own feelings and responses to these photographs. Don’t want my ideas to get in the way of your own thoughts.

Just all of you have a wonderful and peaceful weekend.

14 thoughts on “Out of this world!

  1. Long ago (I’m talking decades), Robert Heinlein presented me with a sentence that I committed to memory:

    “Mother very thoughtfully made a jelly sandwich under no protest.”

    This has allowed me, since childhood, to remember the names of the planets in our solar system in the correct sequence: Mercury, Venus, Earth (‘Terra’), Mars, asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and (the now ‘non-planet’) Pluto.

    These pictures you offer — thanks for these! — reminded me of a magical moment I experienced just last year; a moment in which I stood in the stillness before the dawn looking towards Venus. For the first time ever, I found myself able to fully visualise that bright spot in the sky as a planet in orbit around a huge flaming ball, and myself standing upon a planet that was in an orbit in the same plane but further out.

    The really surprising thing was not the epiphany itself, but the delay in its arrival.

    1. What a clever means of remembering the bodies in our solar system. That magical moment must have been breath-taking. Makes one realise just what those astronauts who stood on the surface of our moon must have felt deep inside.

      1. Exactly the point! I remember the feeling I had when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon… and wonder why it took the best part of a half century to recapture it, as there’s really no difference between standing on the Moon and standing on the Earth. We’re all space explorers, but we’re fooled by our familiarity with our immediate surroundings. Or believe that we are…

      2. Just dipped in to that link and saw where it lead to: The Gradual Change Test. What fun! Will have a go at that tonight. Off to the Winter Market in Grants Pass in the next 20 minutes!

  2. I remember this moon! I saw the sliver in the sky and was so taken with it. I didn’t know, however, that I should have been looking for more than just a moon. Lovely pictures. Moons always get to me.

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