A Waning Crescent Moon in Close Conjunction with Planet Venus and Pleiades Star Cluster

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On the morning of 26th June, the waning crescent Moon was in a close alignment with planet Venus and Pleiades star cluster M45, featuring a wonderful Earthshine. Mercury has joined the show later, for being so close to the Sun. The background sky in the twilight reveals a beautiful combination of colors, while in the foregound, the main two scources of bright lights are reflected in the calm water of Alqueva lake, at Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal.

PT: Na manhã de 26 de Junho, a lua minguante encontrava-se num alinhamento muito próximo com o planeta Vénus e o aglomerado das Pleiades M45, exibindo ainda um maravilhoso Earthshine lunar. O planeta Mercúrio juntou-se ao show mais tarde, por estar tão perto do Sol. O céu de fundo ao crepúsculo revela uma bela combinação de cores, enquanto no primeiro plano, as duas principais fontes de luzes brilhantes, estão reflectidas nas águas calmas do lago Alqueva, no Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal.


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