Earthshine, Venus and Mars in the Evening Twilight

Click on an image to enlarge. Images created using the Mobile Observatory app for Android –


March 1st, 2017

There’s another excellent photo-op for the Moon and planets tonight. Firstly, you’ll notice that it appears close to the left of Mars, the ruddy “star” that glimmers over the western horizon. Much more noticeable is Venus which appears to the lower right of the pair. The planet is unmissable and can even be seen in the darkening sky as the sun sets. Lastly, look carefully at the Moon to see Earthshine. Can you see the dark patterns of the dry lunar “seas”?


Adapted from 2017: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., and the United Kingdom) and 2017: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., and the United Kingdom.) For an easy guide to learn the constellations in the night sky, try my book, Signposts to the Stars (see image and links below.)


The Astronomical Almanac 2015-2019

Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

2017: An Astronomical Year 2017: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) Signposts to the Stars

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