In this alluring night skyscape recorded on March 26, a
young Moon stands over the
distant western horizon in conjunction with
brilliant planet Venus.
In the foreground, the Colorado River glistens in moonlight
as it winds through
the Grand Canyon,
southern rim at Lipan Point.
Of course, the Grand Canyon is known as one of the
of planet Earth.
Carved by the river, the enormous fissure is about 270 miles
(440 kilometers) long,
up to 18 miles (30 kilometers) wide and approaches 1 mile
(1.6 kilometers) deep.
On this date, wonders of the night sky included the
compact Pleiades and V-shaped Hyades
star clusters poised just above the Moon.
Bright planet Jupiter is below the closer Moon/Venus pairing,
near the western horizon.