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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:06 am 
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Hi folks,

Courtesy of the British Astronomical Association:

    Venus Visits the Pleiades.

    Venus has been putting on a brilliant display in the western evening sky. Next week it produces another photo / visual observing opportunity when it passes the Pleiades (Messier 45) open star cluster. On April 2 it reaches the edge of the cluster while on April 3 (Tuesday night) it lies well within the cluster. Unfortunately the Moon at around 88% phase on April 3 will produce some light pollution, but this should still be an interesting event to observe.

    Stewart Moore
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    2012 March 29

My planetarium software indicates that the best photo op will see the Pleiades below my local horizon. Hopefully you will have more luck!

Bob.

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Low on West... gonna be impossible from my house, but I might have a chance if it's clear, if I go somewhere with a less obstructed horizon... moon is at least quite far over.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:20 pm 
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Should be a good sight. Shame it couldn't have happened last week with all the clear skies!

Still, I'll be keeping and eye out.

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