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Monday, April 09, 2007

 

The Venus and Pleiades show (on Tuesday to Wednesday)

Venus and the Pleiades as seen above the western horizon at 6:45 pm ACST from Adelaide on April 12 (similar views will be seen in the southern hemisphere at equivalent local times), click to enlarge.

From the 10th of April to the 13th of April, Venus will visit the beautiful star cluster the Pleiades. Venus is closest on the 11th and 12th, when it is just a fingerwidth away. Unfortunately, Venus and the Pleiades are very close to the horizon when the sky is dark enough to make out this faint cluster, so you will need a level, unobscured western horizon (like a beach), and there will be a very narrow window to see it. Last night Venus was brilliant, and I could see its reflection the the water, but the Pleiades was hard to see through the horizon murk (made a great sunset though). Binoculars may be a help.

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