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Picture of the day - February 27, 2009

"Four Planets and the Moon"

Photo of four planets and the moon in the early morning sky.
Photo courtesy of Steve Baldwin.      (Click on the photo for a larger view)

Did you know that there are times when you can stand out in your back yard and actually see four of our solar system's planets plus the Moon with your naked eyes alone? Well, that is indeed the case, and in today's picture photographer Steve Baldwin has captured one of those magnificent "predawn lineups" for our enjoyment. Here are a few words from Mr. Baldwin about the image:
    "In the Eastern sky, just before dawn on February 23, 2009 are top
    to bottom, a crescent Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars. Taken from
    Auckland, New Zealand."
        --Steve Baldwin

The camera and settings used to capture this image:

    Camera: Canon EOS 40D
    Focal length: 70mm
    Shutter speed: 3 seconds
    Aperture: f/5.0
    ISO: 160
Well, there you have it - four planets and the Moon (the fourth planet is Earth of course, seen in the foreground).
Visitor Comments...
    Name: Jared Grimley
    Town: Perth, Australia

    I photographed this "predawn lineup" as well, but none of my exposures turned out anywhere near as good as this one. Fine job indeed Mr. Baldwin!
    Name: Hugh Payton
    Town: London, Ontario, Canada

    Simply spectacular!
    Name: Julie Smith-Lawson
    Town: Lexington, KY

    I saw this on my way to work but I had no clue what it was. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful photograph and an explanation of what we're seeing!!!
    Name: Phyllis Helton
    Town: Bristol, VA

    We are truly blessed to have people who can so beautifully capture our world for everyone to enjoy.
    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    Thanks for sharing this scene with us Mr. Baldwin. You did an excellent job with it!!

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