Venus and the Sisters

April 7 - 15

April 7 – 15

   This week the inner planet Venus travels across the back and shoulder of Taurus the Bull and in doing so passes within 2-3o from the open star cluster the Pleiades. Also known as the ‘7 Sisters’ the brightest of the stars making up up this star cluster look like a tiny dipper shape, but not to be confused with the Little Dipper shape for Ursa Minor.
   This animated graphic shows a simulated view through 7×50 binoculars, and is set to one frame per day. As the days go by watch how the open star cluster the Hyades, to the left from the Pleiades and Venus, passes by Venus. The Hyades is a v-shaped arrangement of stars with the bright reddish star Aldebaran at the top of the ‘v’. Venus passes to the west of these stars during the week after passing by the Pleiades and by around the 19th will be 7-8o from Aaldebaran.

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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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