Bandar Seri Begawan – A beautiful celestial parings of Mars closes approach with the Pleiades star cluster is set for this week.

The famous star cluster, also known as “Bintang Tujuh”, is a group of about 800 stars located 410 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

A spectacular view of Mars embraces the Seven Sisters Star Cluster. Photographed by Hj Md Azri bin Haji Ibrahim, PABD

Look Northwest at dusk and throughout the evening to see the cosmic duo progress to setting in the West (at around 10.30 pm Brunei Time).

A spectacular view of Mars embraces the Seven Sisters Star Cluster. Photographed by Md Qawiem bin Jamil, PABD

On March 02, 2021, members of the Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society (PABD) captured the red planet appears close to the Messier 45 (M45) or Pleiades star cluster from Brunei Darussalam.

The closest approach happens tonight, March 03, when they will be about 3 degrees apart. The cosmic pair is the closest since January 1991, and the next closest one will be in February 2038.

Bintang Tujuh & Mars. Photographed by Hj Jamri bin Hj Jaafar, PABD

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