Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tonight's Sky for April 11-12: Venus and the Pleiades

Tonight and tomorrow,
Venus, second planet from the Sun and brightest as seen from Earth, will be very near the Pleiades star cluster in the dusk sky. To see the show, go out as the sky gets dark and look West for the brightest thing you see, which will be Venus. Then look for a hazy patch of sky about the sizer of the Full Moon near the planet. This patch is the Pleiades star cluster (it looks like haze because many individual stars are too faint to resolve with the naked eye). For more fun, grab a camera with a telephoto lens and/or a pair of binoculars as both tools will reveal the star cluster for what it truly is. 

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