Venus, Taurus, Orion and Bifrost Observatory - I

April 2012 is a great time for planet watchers. In the evening sky an hour after sunset, the planet Venus blazes over Bifrost Observatory. Also visible are the constellations Taurus and Orion. Venus recently engaged in a rare conjunction with the Pleiades star cluster.

The image above shows the Venus in the constellation Taurus. To the left of brilliant Venus is the V-shaped Hyades star cluster in Taurus containing the smoldering orange giant star Aldebaran. Below and to the right of Venus is the small "dipper-shaped" Pleiades star cluster. The winter constellation Orion appears the observatory dome of this wide angle photo. A Nikon D90 and a Nikkor AI 20mm f/2.8 lens were used to capture the event.

Check Planetary Conjunctions for more photos of this lovely coupling.

For an almanac of other interesting sky happenings for each year, see Calendar of Astronomical Events.

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