Amazing Photos Show Moon, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter Lining Up in the Sky

Skygazers have been sharing their photos of the moon lining up neatly with Venus, Saturn and Jupiter in the night sky.

The spectacular lunar event, taking place overnight on Monday, November 8, inspired many to point their cameras upwards and start shooting at the brightly illuminated celestial objects.

In each of the pictures, Jupiter can be seen in the top left corner, with Saturn appearing close to it.

The moon and Venus, meanwhile, appear to be sitting close to each other much further to the right-hand side of the photos and nearer to the horizon, both of them appearing to follow the same trail extending from Jupiter and Saturn.

@drbecky_ Lots of light pollution here, but tried to capture Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and Venus all in a line. (Also seemed to have caught a satellite or something speeding by below Saturn) pic.twitter.com/qQDPL2iA39

— Greg Morales (@Gregarious747) November 9, 2021

Took a pretty cool photo this evening. From the top left to bottom right we have Jupiter, Saturn, The Moon and Venus. pic.twitter.com/dcbXpHcHwu

— Christopher Gordon (@Brushy06) November 8, 2021

Left to right: Jupiter, Saturn, the moon, and Venus. pic.twitter.com/b4SJzu7eWH

— Debbie B (@Deb_B_Smith) November 9, 2021

Out for a walk again earlier this evening. The sky shuffled her cards a little.
Jupiter, Saturn, The Moon, Venus pic.twitter.com/ua27SosSHr

— Mark In SoCal (@mlzema) November 9, 2021

This has been a particularly fruitful week for skygazers, who were also treated to the sight of the moon nestling close to Venus overnight on Sunday, November 7.

The Earth's natural satellite, which is currently in a waxing crescent phase— waxing meaning it is getting better—has since sidled past the planet, and now appears in between Venus and Saturn in the night sky.

According to NASA, the moon will continue on its trajectory over the coming days, and it will also approach and bypass Saturn and Jupiter in a similar manner before Thursday, November 11, when it will be in a waxing gibbous phase (between a half and a full moon).

It will enter a full moon phase on Friday, November 19, but one day prior to this it will be partially obscured and discolored by the Earth's shadow, in a phenomenon called a partial lunar eclipse.

It's set to occur on the night of Thursday, November 18, but will be visible at different times from different locations around the world, including the U.S..

NASA has said that people based on the East Coast of the U.S. will get their best view of the partial lunar eclipse at the tricky time of 4:02 a.m. ET in the early hours of Friday, November 19, but that the event will begin at 2:18 a.m. and end at 5:47 a.m.

Rather than being cast into total darkness, the moon will instead carry a deep red tint, caused by light from the sun passing through the Earth's atmosphere and bending towards the moon.

Gases in the atmosphere affect blue light more than red, according to the University of Rochester.

In addition, throughout November and early December, it will be possible to see Jupiter and Saturn creep ever closer to Venus, which should remain easily distinguishable, as it is the second-brightest natural object in our night sky, behind the moon.

The moon aligns with Venus and Jupiter
A trio of bright lights, Venus, a crescent moon and Jupiter align as they rise in the pre-dawn sky over New York City on January 31, 2019. The moon has bypassed Venus, and is now approaching Saturn and Jupiter. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images