Venus and the Sisters

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. The telephoto image shows all the notable stars of Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. Even the brightest "sisters" are over a thousand times fainter than Venus, our planetary neighbor. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to view this scene one night earlier with a wider angle view were planet Jupiter is also captured near the horizon. Gernot Meiser/

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