Rising of Mercury and the Moon


Steve Brown

Stokesley, North Yorkshire

Canon 600D DSLR with 250mm lens on a static tripod

This image is of the 3% illuminated waning crescent Moon close to the planet Mercury rising on the morning of 29 September 2016 from Stokesley in North Yorkshire, UK. Mercury can be seen to the left of the Moon. To the left of Mercury is the star Sigma Leonis. Poor weather often spoils the chance to catch pleasing alignments such as this but luckily the conditions were good on the morning I took this shot. Mercury and the Moon looked beautiful rising in the pre-dawn sky. The Sun is about to rise which adds a nice hint of colour to the sky. I’ve also caught some earthshine on the Moon, which is always a nice sight.