If you have been watching the evening skies this past month you know that we have had some very nice alignments of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury following sunset. While Jupiter is now departed from view, Venus and Mercury remain and this week were joined by a fresh crescent moon. This past Saturday I was at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum doing some astronomy outreach in support of the UA Cancer Center and took the image below. Venus is the lower planet and Mercury the upper. Click to enlarge to full size!
Two nights later (this past Monday), I took this image from in front of my house where the planets were joined by the crescent moon, making a nice triangle. If you click to enlarge to full size and look closely, you will see above the moon another interloper in the image, a bat!