September 12th, 2016

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Five Planets and the Moon over Australia

I know no one EVER clicks ALL the links associated with these NASA posts but, if you only have time for a couple, please click 'Earth dwellers' and 'imaged together'. I do click ALL of the links associated with the images I post hoping to find just the kind of images these two links lead to. I adore their sense of whimsy and fun interspersed among all the amazing information.
Image Credit & Copyright:
Alex Cherney (Terrastro, TWAN) Taken on August 16, 2016
  Explanation: It is not a coincidence that planets line up. That's because all of the planets orbit the Sun in (nearly) a single sheet called the plane of the ecliptic. When viewed from inside that plane -- as Earth dwellers are likely to do -- the planets all appear confined to a single band. It is a coincidence, though, when several of the brightest planets all appear in nearly the same direction. Such a coincidence was captured last week. Featured above, six planets and Earth's Moon were all imaged together last week, just after sunset, from Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. A second band is visible across the top of this tall image -- the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy.