Above an Icon: Venus, Jupiter and Moon Shine Over Gandhi

Gandhi and Planets
This image was taken by astrophotographer Ajay Talwar of The World at Night from New Delhi, India on July 15 2012. (Image credit: Ajay Talwar / The World at Night)

This early morning shot of India's salt march memorial captures the crescent moon with Jupiter and Venus.

Ajay Talwar of The World at Night, took this photo from New Delhi, India on July 15 2012.  Jupiter is behind the moon and Venus appears near the horizon in the image. Venus looks larger and shines brighter because it’s closer to Earth. [Sky Maps for August Planet Watching]

Below the celestial orbs, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi leading the Dandi Memorial March stands. The statue is a symbol of Indian independence that marks the day Gandhi led a non-violent march against the British monopoly on the salt business.

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.