Photographer Captures Crescent Moon on a Pink Cloud

first_imgStay on target Astronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped OrbitChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Instagram is littered with #nofilter photos of colorful sunsets, clouds rippling through shades of blue, pink, and orange as dusk settles.But rarely do those images capture moonrises—the first appearance of the Moon over the Earth’s eastern horizon.Lisbon-based photographer and science communicator Miguel Claro made headlines this week with his stunning  snapshot “A Dreaming Waning Crescent Moon.”“The photo shows a slightly waning crescent Moon rising at dawn, against a beautiful background from the twilight and behind a pink band of clouds, just a few minutes before the sunrise,” according to Claro’s website.Captured in February above the village of Monsaraz and Lake Alqueva in Portugal’s Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, the picture shows a sliver of Moon, two days from reaching its “new” phase.The blushing sky, Claro explained, is reminiscent of the so-called “Belt of Venus” (or “Venus’s Girdle”), an atmospheric phenomenon caused by backscatter of reddened sunlight through dust particles high in Earth’s atmosphere.Claro recorded the anti-twilight arch anomaly late last year, one day before the “Full Cold Supermoon” reached its peak.That colorful band, visible shortly before sunrise or after sunset, is not the same dusty rose of Claro’s image. But as the astrophotographer pointed out, it is evocative of Venus’s lunar-like phases, seen from Earth through a telescope.“When Venus reaches the point of closest approximation to the Earth, it [becomes] the brightest planet in the celestial sphere,” he said, “revealing a similar crescent phase, but opposite to the one that the Moon presents in this photograph.”Claro shared two more pictures from the same twilight scene, each featuring the brilliant orange glow that signals the upcoming sunrise.While typically a stain of blue during the day (a result of the Rayleigh scattering of sunlight), the sky can turn a variety of colors at night—from red and orange to pink and yellow; a quick Instagram search of #nightsky showcases them all.last_img

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