Moon, Spica, and Saturn

Moon, Saturn, and Spica
The moon was between Saturn (left) and Spica (right) on June 18 (click to enlarge)

Here is a photo I took Tuesday night of the moon, Spica (to the right of the moon), and Saturn (to the left of the moon). I featured this trio in an earlier Skywatching post.

Note how the detail of the moon is washed out. Because it’s so much brighter than either Saturn or Spica, the longer exposure time needed to capture Saturn and Spica overexposes the moon.

So the spotlight image is actually a composite of two photos (thumbnail below), the second being a much shorter exposure. This is closer to what our eyes see in the same situation. Also, you can really see the difference in color between golden Saturn and blue Spica.

Composite of two photos of the Moon, Saturn, and Spica  on June 18 (click to enlarge).
Composite of two photos of the Moon, Saturn, and Spica on June 18 (click to enlarge).
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