Tokyo morning: the third quarter moon and Venus

Life’s worries had me up a little earlier than usual this morning, and as I left the apartment I noticed this in the Southeastern sky, which is nowheres near as dramatic in digital as it is in real life.

It’s the third quarter moon. Naturally, also third quarter Venus, but you’d need a telescope for that. The late autumn sky was so clear you could really see the sparkle in them. The angle of this not-so-clear shot was to get both heavenly bodies in the picture. The moon is the larger white half-circle. Venus might be a challenge to find, but it’s the white speck closer to the sunrise.

I think the angle from Earth as horizontal (me standing vertical) was more like this:

But how I like to visualize them, both our close celestial companion and our sister planet, when they meet up in our sky, is on an angle more like this. What tricks us is that we’re on the side of the ball–if it even is a ball and not flat, eh?!–but it feels like we’re on top of the ball. So it’s hard to see what this would look like if we were viewing it all from space.

Fellow travelers around that yellow star that makes it all possible.

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[Update: from 10-year-old astronomy software, Saturn should have been in the picture as well!

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