With a busy workday ahead, I hadn't planned on catching the Moon/Pleiades occultation but an unscheduled pit stop at 3:16 this morning had me looking out the kitchen window. There, in glorious view, was the crescent Moon and several bright stars.
With binoculars in hand I went out to the back deck. Transparency wasn't great but the sky was clear apart from a thin band of cloud - which covered exactly what I wanted to look at. Anyway, as it slowly moved off it revealed a beautiful Moon with several craters in relief and plenty of detail on the dark-side thanks to Earthshine.
Through the binoculars, the departing clouds made it appear that the "Several" Sisters were draping the orb in a magical mist. It was certainly a magical combination!
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