Venus and M-35

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   Sunday morning, 20 July, the planet Venus will be within 2o from the open star cluster M-35, a fairly easy to see object with the naked-eye and binoculars in reasonably dark skies. Looking like an out-of-focus star M-35 is an open star cluster located near the feet of Castor, one of the Gemini Twins. M-35 consists of several hundred stars in a group spanning about 30″, about the size of the full Moon. M-35 shines at an apparent magnitude of around 4.5 as compared with the -4.0 magnitude of nearby Venus.

20july-bino   Adding to viewing is the other inner planet, Mercury, located about 6o down to the left from Venus as this graphic shows.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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  1. Pingback: Moon Near M-35 and Venus | Bob's Spaces

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