Days before, I saw this pic. I don't know what it is.

Edit: This pic was taken by a Taoist at an ancient ruins in Mongolia on 2012-07-15 04:12 UTC+8 (day break). He said it looked strange.

Lights in cloudy evening sky

Edit: I installed Stellarium, changed the time to 2012-07-15 04:12 UTC+8, and faced east. It seems to be the Moon.

It seems the Moon.

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    $\begingroup$ To me this just looks like an overexposed picture of the Moon in conjunction with a bright star/planet. $\endgroup$
    – Cendolt
    Mar 22, 2019 at 4:08
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    $\begingroup$ What was your exact location (including country)? What direction were you looking in? What time was it? Did the object move, and if so, how? (give plenty of detail). How long could you see it for? Did it change in appearance? Please edit your answer to provide this information, otherwise your question will be closed as unclear. $\endgroup$ Mar 22, 2019 at 4:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Cendolt that's a helpful edit, thanks! It's better to use Stack Exchange's imgur utility to embed the image than to keep a hot-link to an external site. That way if/when the link breaks, the image isn't lost: i.sstatic.net/chGkd.png $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Mar 22, 2019 at 5:37
  • $\begingroup$ @uhoh Afaik very new users can't embed images into their posts (I am not sure if it is so also on the Space SE). $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Mar 22, 2019 at 5:44
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    $\begingroup$ More info added. $\endgroup$
    – miket
    Mar 22, 2019 at 11:37

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The photo shows a conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter. A few hours later, observers in Europe (APOD, virtualtelescope.eu) saw the Moon pass directly in front of Jupiter, an event called an occultation.

Stellarium shows Venus and Aldebaran below them, but in the photo they are probably behind a cloud. Capella is visible at far left, slightly higher than the Moon.

  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done! Beautiful photos in the links too $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Mar 24, 2019 at 0:03

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