Conjunction Of Moon & Venus

On 27th Nov., the last Sunday before Advent commemorating the dead, there was a conjunction of the 8 % illuminated Moon (or 58 hours after new moon) and the 89 % illuminated Venus. By looking at moon, it´s seeming size is roughly 0,5° in diameter (as same as the sun), and the separation of Moon and Venus on this evening has been some 7°. Fortunately, we had mostly clear skies for this event which doesn´t happen to often. The view in these images goes toward southwest during the civilian twilight and Venus is only visible (at that time of the year) around  4:45 pm to 6:00 pm. The crescent of the moon is illuminated by the sun while the other part is lit by the reflected light of the earth, the so-called earthshine. There will also be a total eclipse of the moon on the 10th Dec. Stay tuned and… Enjoy!


Venus: about 5 o´clock from moon


Moon and Venus: looking southwest


Moon and Venus at civilian twilight


Moon and Venus outshined by crepuscular rays


Aligned planets along the ecliptic


What a celestial sight…


A closer look at those two…


Moon and Venus around the constellation of Sagittarius


58 hours after new moon…


“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.”

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.” 

(Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, 1803-1882)




5 thoughts on “Conjunction Of Moon & Venus

  1. Wayne Frost

    Werner, I think you have really found your niche with your astronomical images. I love the images that capture the Earth and the colors of the night sky and the light reflected by individual stars and the moon.

    1. Werner Priller Post author

      Thanks Wayne!
      I´m very glad you love them; it gives me a good reason for staying out at the evenings and at nights too;)
      right now I´m putting up some new galleries on my photoshelter account like “Starscapes, Startrails and Moonscapes”…

      Cheers from Bavaria! Werner

  2. Rob

    These are some amazing photos. I tried to get out and photograph the moon whilst it was in this phase but work, weather and a cluttered horizon got in the way.

    1. Werner Priller Post author

      Thanks Rob!
      The next conjunction of M+V will be on the 27th Dec., and tomorrow Jupiter and M will meet up late afternoon (17°°MEZ);
      if you are interested in that kind of stuff, try this site: (you may hit the english translation button on the top of the site)
      Cheers, Werner


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