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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.
Bright Venus and cluster of many stars above.
View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jenney Disimon in Sabah, N. Borneo, caught this view of Venus and the Pleiades between trees on April 2. She wrote: “I feel so romantic seeing the romance of Venus and the Pleiades star cluster.”

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.

Poster from Virtual Telescope Project showing Venus near the Pleiades in 2012 with text.
Poster of the upcoming online event – April 3, 2020 – presented by Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome. Read more about the Virtual Telescope’s April 3 online event. And notice the times are in UTC; here’s how to translate UTC to your time.
Rayed Venus at bottom with Pleiades at top.
View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Venus moves closer to the Pleiades in Chuck Reinhart’s photo capturing Venus and the Pleiades from Vincennes, Indiana, on April 1, 2020. Thank you, Chuck!
Pleiades above, Venus below.
Larry Ilardo caught the Pleiades and Venus from Buffalo, New York, on April 1.
Dots on a black background.
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!!”
Cluster of bluish stars with bright Venus below.
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.”
Large white fuzzy dot and cluster of many stars.
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.”
Bright Venus and dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster, with the names of the Pleiades stars added.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Stephanie Longo in Woodland Park, Colorado, captured Venus and the Pleiades on the evening of April 1. The conjunction of Venus with the Pleiades’ brightest star – called Alcyone – will happen on April 3. Read more.
Venus and Pleiades.
Piotr Wieczorek shared this beautiful view of the Pleiades and Venus that he took on March 31. Thank you, Piotr!
Two silhouetted people standing under a night sky with moon, Venus, and Pleiades.
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.
Waxing crescent moon, bright Venus, dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster with a windmill in the foreground.
The moon, Venus and the Pleiades – March 28, 2020 – via Fred Espenak.
Night sky over brightly lit houses with moon, Venus, and the Pleiades.
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!
Waning moon, Venus and Pleiades among wispy clouds.
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.
Moon, Venus, and Pleiades over a body of water.
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.”
Venus and Pleiades in star field with wispy clouds.
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!
Eight stars with names beside them in green.
View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Raul Cortes in Monterrey, Mexico, caught the Pleiades and labeled the major stars on March 26. He wrote: “Pleiades and some of its most brilliant stars.”

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!

April 3, 2020
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