Saturn, Mars, Regulus and the Crescent Moon

Saturn, Mars, and Regulus aligned with the crescent Moon

Yellow Saturn, Red Mars, and Blue Regulus Line Up With the Crescent Moon on July 5, 2008

This image shows the contrast in color between Saturn, Mars and Regulus, when they formed a near perfect line pointing down at the crescent Moon on July 5, 2008. Note the yellow color of Saturn, and the ruddy red color of Mars, contrasted with the ice blue color of the star Regulus. You can also see features of the Moon illuminated by dim earthshine, i.e., by light reflected from Earth. These celestial objects put on a display in the evening sky right after sunset over the city lights of north Scottsdale.

This image was taken from my backyard with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera mounted on a tripod with an 70-300mm zoom lens.

July 5, 2008
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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