While bride Karly Kryza and groom Lucas Farmer were sharing an embrace during their wedding reception, little did they know another close encounter, this one of a celestial kind, was taking place above them in the night sky.
Photographer Dustin Prickett captured this beautiful image of the moon and Venus sharing a moment above the new couple on Sept. 8 at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, Fla. The celestial wedding crashers wowed stargazers around the world that night in what astronomers call a "conjunction," which is when two celestial objects appear near each other when viewed from Earth.
"After taking a few images I noticed the moon rising and backed up for one last frame before returning to the wedding reception. It wasn't until after [the wedding] a friend of the couple informed us that it was Venus right next to the moon," Prickett wrote SPACE.com in an email. He used a Nikon D3s and Nikon 35mm G lens; hand held at f/1.4, 1/125 seconds, and iso 3200. [More Amazing Photos: Venus with the Moon on Sept. 8]
The night sky meet-up occurred roughly 45 minutes after sunset in what was their closest encounter of the northern summer, fall or winter.
"I am a big fan of that twilight time especially when the location has market lights strung. So we stepped out of the reception shortly after sunset into the open field," Prickett said.
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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.