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Don’t miss Venus and the Pleiades! Their conjunction was April 3
Stefano De Rosa? in Turin, Italy captured Venus and the Pleiades on April 2, 2020.
Clouded out? Gianluca Masi at the Virtual Telescope Project is also gearing up to present the Venus-Pleiades conjunction to you online. He wrote to EarthSky this weekend:
In the coming week week, the sky will offer us something unique, coming back every 8 years only: a stunning conjunction, involving planet Venus, the brightest object up there these evenings and the wonderful Pleiades, a spectacular star cluster, one of the best gems of the deep sky. To bring some joy from this cosmic show to people worldwide, often quarantined to limit the dissemination of COVID-19, the Virtual Telescope will share this celestial treasure with everyone, offering a live view covering the climax of this cosmic hug between Venus and the Pleiades.
Click into the Virtual Telescope’s site to learn more.
Larry Ilardo caught the Pleiades and Venus from Buffalo, New York, on April 1.
View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Pradnya Gharpure caught Venus and the Pleiades on April 1 from Nagpur, India, and wrote: “Dazzling Venus and the pretty cluster Pleiades make a beautiful sight this evening as they draw closer!!”
View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kevin Saragozza captured this striking view of Venus and the Pleiades from Siracusa Plemmeiro on April 1. He wrote: “I positioned myself outside in my garden, not having the possibility to catch the alignment together with interesting terrestrial elements because of the COVID-19 quarantine, I preferred a view only from the sky, the Pleiades and Venus aligned in a vertical position.”
View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Radu Anghel captured many Pleiades stars and a brilliant Venus in this photo from April 1 taken in Bacau, Romania. Radu wrote: “Venus and the Pleiades cluster. Two more days before the 8 years meeting. From isolation, but with a great western view.”
Piotr Wieczorek shared this beautiful view of the Pleiades and Venus that he took on March 31. Thank you, Piotr!
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Marek Nikodem caught these stargazers near Szubin, Poland, looking at the moon, Venus and the Pleiades on March 28, 2020. Thank you, Marek.
The moon, Venus and the Pleiades – March 28, 2020 – via Fred Espenak.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Dennis Schoenfelder saw this glorious view of Venus, the moon, and the Pleiades from his front door in Alamosa, Colorado, on March 28. Thank you, Dennis!
Astronomer Alessandro Marchini – director of the Astronomical Observatory at the University of Siena in Italy – wrote on March 28, 2020: “Stargazing from my backyard this evening, with the wonderful triangle with the crescent moon, Venus and the Pleiades (1.3 light-second, 5.5 light-minutes, 445 light-years away each from Earth). Photographed with my Canon Camera and a 100 mm lens on a tripod.” Thank you, Alessandro! Venus is the bright object next to the moon. The Pleiades is the tiny, dipper-shaped star cluster at the top of the photo.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Stephen Thurston captured this view of the moon, Venus and the Pleiades on March 27. He wrote: “Moon and Venus setting over Lake Champlain from Ferrisburgh, VT.”
Tom Wildoner of the Dark Side Observatory wrote: “I was lucky on the evening on March 27, 2020, to capture this nice view of the planet Venus approaching the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Think this is close? Wait until the evening on April 3rd, the planet Venus will be inside this cluster!” Thank you, Tom!
Bottom line: This week, Venus – the brightest planet and dazzling “evening star” in the west after sunset now – will pass the beautiful Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. We’re already getting photos … submit yours here. Look west after sunset!