Moon, Mars, and Venus with Saguaro Cactus


A saguaro cactus provides the foreground for a close gathering of planetary bodies. To the lower right of the moon is the very bright planet Venus. To the lower left of the moon is the much-dimmer planet Mars. The star Alnath, just to the right of the moon, completes the "kite" shape.

Date: June 6, 2004
Time: 8:05 p.m. MST
Location: Suburban Phoenix, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Kodak Ektachrome E200 slide
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 10 seconds
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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Revised: June 17, 2004
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