Crescent Moon (with earthshine) and the tower of Medieval Castle

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LUNA E PIANETI SU DON BOSCO / Moon and planets over the Basilica of Don Bosco

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:: The image shows the lovely conjucntion above the eastern horizon early this morning.  Near the left bottom of the frame is Mercury just over the colorful twilight glow while Venus is shining left of the Moon’s sunlit crescent. The scene is completed by the silhouette of the Basilica of Saint John Bosco ::

:: Canon Eos 5D Mk II  – focal lenght: 105 mm – exp: 1.3 sec. – aperture: f/4 – ISO: 500 ::

I would like to dedicate this picture to the memory of Patrick Moore, whose passion for the heavens inspired me as millions of people around the world.

One of my images included in “100 Greatest Pictures of the Universe” special issue of Astronomy Magazine

The October’s special issue of Astronomy magazine100 GREATEST PICTURES OF THE UNIVERSE” features 36 pages of spectacular astrophotography from professional observatories and astroimagers, selected among thousands of pictures. I am very honored to have one of my images among this stellar parade!

The selected image shows a super young 19 hours and 7 minutes old Moon setting behind the Alps:

One of my images featured on a new video by NASA

NASA just presented a video illustrating the conjunction show that will take place before sunrise in the upcoming days. With my great surprise, the last image of the video (@2:21) is that I took last March with my kids contamplating a similar conjunction 🙂