Earthshine

Slender lunar crescent in the western sky.

First thing we see this spring dusk.

And the Moon’s shy dark side illuminated

in earthshine – sunlight reflected from our Earth.

“Is that Mars or Mercury?,” she asks.

 

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Mars at Opposition

Mars positioned directly opposite of the Sun

The Red Planet drawn closer to Earth

and rising high in the eastern sky

Fire orange, ten times brighter than stars.

A rover named Curiosity searching Martian features.

 

Mars-Near-Opposition

images of Mars at opposition