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A few days ago we had a rare cosmic alignment in the skies over Sydney. The crescent moon, Venus, on the left, and Jupiter, on the right (the three brightest objects in the sky) came together in the same patch of sky to form a smilie or emoticon, depending on your generation. According to Sydney Observatorys astronomer, Nick Lomb we wont see this again until the early hours of July 21, 2036.
I learnt some valuable lessons from this night shot, (1) dont put your tripod on thick spongy grass, (2) dont try to do this type of setup without a remote shutter release and (3) dont forget to have a small torch handy. Some of you will recognise the same old POV off my back yard, I must get out more often. Not a technically perfect shot, I couldnt get the right balance in the exposure between the practical lights, the moon (very bright) and the two planets, all three were flaring from over-exposure. I tried to get just the crescent moon without the rest of the moon but not enough skills Im afraid, unlike hay_keys (hAyAti) who managed his exposure perfectly, http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo998110.htm. Anyway this is the best out of the many shots I tried. As usual, I couldnt decide between the landscape and the vertical crop so Ive posted the vertical crop as a workshop.
Hope you enjoy both of the shots, its a long time before we get too see this again.

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Additional Photos by Peter Wall (phwall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 984 W: 187 N: 1770] (6787)
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