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A very bright Venus side by side with the beautiful cluster of stars, Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus.  CanonEOS 10mm f/4.0 ISO-1600 15sec

A very bright Venus side by side with the beautiful cluster of stars, Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus.
CanonEOS 10mm f/4.0 ISO-1600 15sec

Update April 12, 2015: Another change to view a celestial conjunction of Venus and Pleiades today. Clear sky!

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Venus and the Pleiades on April 10, 2015, from Brunei

The brilliance of Venus and a beautiful set of “Seven Sisters” star cluster (the Pleiades) are visible very close to each other from Pantai Seri Kenangan, Tutong, at dusk today.

UniverseToday.com stated that “Every 8 years on mid-April evenings, Venus skirts the Pleiades just as it’s doing this week. Think back to April 2007 and you might remember a similar passage; a repeat will happen in April 2023. Venus’ cyclical visits to the Seven Sisters occur because the planet’s motion relative to the Sun repeats every 8 years as seen from Earth’s skies. No matter where and when you see Venus – morning or evening, high or low – you’ll see it in nearly the same place 8 years from that date.”

The spectacular close conjunction will be observable to the naked eyes until next week (April 17). Look west after sunset and clear skies!!

Venus and the Pleiades

Venus and the Pleiades