Pete Lawrence photographed On Aug. 23rd, Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon converging to form a bright triangle in the pre-dawn sky


“Venus and Jupiter were easy targets this morning, but the thin (4%) crescent Moon was a different matter!” says Lawrence. “It was almost invisible in the red glow of sunrise.”

Did you oversleep on Saturday? No problem. Another “celestial triangle” is in the offing. Right now the Moon is passing the sun en route to the evening sky. OnAugust 31st it will join Mars and Saturn in the constellation Libra. Visible after sunset, the new triangle won’t be quite as luminous as the old one, because Mars + Saturn is not as bright as Venus + Jupiter, but the formaton will still be very pretty. Mark your calendar for the end of the month and, until then, browse the gallery to see what you missed.

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