A Twilight Show Reveals the Moon and 7 Planets Aligend Along the Ecliptic Plane


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On the morning of 26th June, all planets were aligned along the Ecliptic plane. The waning crescent Moon has joined the parade, being very close to Venus and Pleiades star cluster. Mercury was not visible, for being below the horizon at 4h42 AM. The panoramic twilight scene of single images, also features the faint path of Milky Way, for being mixed with the morning bluish colors. In the upper left part and not faraway from Cassiopeia constellation, is visible Andromeda galaxy. The annotated version below, features the precise position and identification of each os the 7 planets. Pluto, although, is so faint (+14 mag.) that is not possible to resolve with a small lens, so the circle is marking the star TYC 6892-0124-1, which is the star more close to real position of Pluto, and the maximum magnitude I could register (+10 mag.) with my camera. The annotated version has a magnifying circle showing the area in full resolution to help identify the faintest planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Captured in Alqueva lake, at Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal.

PT: Na manhã de 26 de junho, todos os planetas estavam alinhados ao longo do plano da Eclíptica. A Lua minguante juntou-se ao desfile, estando muito perto de Vénus e do aglomerado das Pleiades. Mercúrio não era visível, por estar abaixo do horizonte às 4h42 AM. O cenário crepuscular panorâmico de disparos únicas, também revela o tênue caminho da Via Láctea, por se misturar com as cores azuladas do amanhecer. Na parte superior esquerda e não muito longe da constelação de Cassiopeia, é visível a galáxia de Andrómeda. A versão anotada visível em baixo, apresenta a posição precisa e a identificação de cada um dos 7 planetas. Plutão, no entanto, é tão fraco (+14 mag.) que não é possível resolver com uma lente pequena, por isso o círculo assinala a estrela TYC 6892-0124-1, que é a estrela mais próxima da posição real de Plutão, e a magnitude máxima que consegui registrar (+10 mag.) com minha câmara. A versão anotada tem um círculo de ampliação mostrando a área em resolução total para ajudar a identificar os planetas mais fracos, Urano, Netuno e Plutão. Captada junto ao lago de Alqueva, no Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal.

 

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