Five Planets and the Moon over Australia

By: Alex Cherney


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Victoria - Australia

Date: 2016 Aug 8


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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, a grand planetary alignment of the moon and 5 planets in the evening sky. 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 is captured here in August 2016, 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.
Click the constellation icon above the image to find the planets. Alex Cherney,

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