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.
Director, Deep Sky Section
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!