Crescent Moon, Mercury and Pleiades in a Twilight Meeting

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On May 2, 2022, the slightly crescent moon was visible in the western sky, featuring a wonderful Earthshine. But our natural satellite has invited some old sky friends to join the twilight party. Just 45 minutes after the sunset, and we could see the rare view of planet Mercury shining in reddish hues, apparently at the same distance and in conjunction with Pleiades star cluster M45 and the Moon. The single shot was captured during nautical twilight from a field in Cumeada village, at Dark Sky® Alqueva reserve.

PT: No passado dia 2 de Maio, 2022, a lua em fase timidamente crescente era visível no céu poente enquanto exibia um maravilhoso Earthshine. Mas o nosso satélite natural convidou alguns velhos amigos celestes para se juntarem à festa crepuscular. Apenas 45 minutos após o pôr do sol, já se podía apreciar a rara aparição do planeta Mercúrio brilhando em tons de vermelho, localizado “aproximadamente” à mesma distância e em conjunção com o aglomerado de estrelas Pleiades M45 e a Lua. A imagem resultante de um disparo único foi captada durante o crepúsculo náutico, a partir do campo na região da Cumeada, no Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal.


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