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Murmuration, Venus, in day’s last light

A flock of starlings is known as a “chattering,” “clattering,” “cloud,” “congregation,” or “murmuration.”

View larger. | Conor Ledwith Photography captured this flock of starlings - otherwise known as a murmuration - in December 2013.  The bright object in the sky is Venus.  Visit Conor Ledwith on Facebook.

View larger. | Conor Ledwith Photography captured this flock of starlings on December 13, 2013. The bright object in the sky is the planet Venus. Visit Conor Ledwith on Facebook.

Conor Ledwith Photography posted this photo on EarthSky Facebook, late in the day on December 13. He wrote:

Today’s evening sky with a murmuration of starlings at Galway, Ireland. The planet Venus is peeking out in the last light of day.

Thank you, Conor!

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