Thursday, 12 April 2007


Venus and the Pleiades are converging for a close encounter on Wednesday April 11th. At closest approach, the planet and the star cluster will be about 2 degrees apart, about 4 Moon diameters. Venus is very bright while the Pleiades are faint and delicate, yet together they make a pretty ensemble suitable for photography, binoculars or simple naked-eye viewing. Look in the western sky after sunset.

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