Venus Meets Pleiades

By: Gernot Meiser


Region: Europe

Site: Cartagena - Spain

Date: 2012 April 2

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In the evening sky of southeastern Spain seashores, near Cartagena, planet Venus is photographed against the Pleiades star cluster in a rare close conjunction. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to view another framing of this scene. Also known as the Seven Sisters, even the brightest naked-eye Pleiades stars are over a thousand times fainter than Venus, our closest planetary neighbor. Gernot Meiser/

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