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The Moon in the Pleiades

2-days past new phase and 17% illuminated by the Sun on April 1, 2006, the crescent Moon passed in front of M45, the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. Earthshine illuminated most of the side of the Moon hidden from the Sun.

Astro-Physics 155mm (6.1 inch) refractor at f5.2. Composite of three exposures on Kodak Supra 400 color negative film: 2 seconds (earthshine and the stars), 1/30 second (the Moon near the terminator), and 1/250 second (the Moon near the bright limb). Photographed from northern New Jersey on April 1, 2006 at 8:22 p.m. EST. 2006

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