Photo opportunity! Photograph Venus and Moon together as they rise over the ocean tomorrow morning (Saturday 26 April 2014) Post inc. finder chart.

April 25, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 25 April 2014) Early riser? Tomorrow morning, Venus and the crescent Moon will provide a dazzling photo opportunity as they rise over the ocean. Moon rise is 2:48 am AEST for the Gold Coast so it would be an early morning but worth it.

Venus, Moon and Neptune finder chart for 5 am AEST Friday 25 April 2014. Chart prepared for the Gold Goast (Mermaid Beach), Australia but will still be accurate for elsewhere in Eastern Australia. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission

Venus, Moon, Neptune and Uranus finder chart for 5 am AEST Saturday 26 April 2014. Chart prepared for the Gold Goast (Mermaid Beach, Queeensland), Australia but will still be accurate for elsewhere in Eastern Australia. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission

For observers not near the ocean, you could still try for an interesting photograph by positioning the Moon and Venus near an object like like a stop sign or a building. And for the really keen, you could also look for Uranus and Neptune. You will need a minimum of a large pair of binoculars and a decent finder chart to star hop to both planets. Both planets are ‘relatively’ easy to find but don’t expect much. Despite the fact that both planets are so much larger than Earth, their enormous distance from Earth means that both objects look like tiny discs even when using high powered telescopes.

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