The Eight Sisters

By: Doug Zubenel


Region: Americas

Site: Kansas - USA

Date: March 2012

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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day in the evening sky of Kansas, 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 naked-eye stars of Pleiades are over a thousand times fainter than our close planetary neighbor, Venus. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a closer view of this scene. Doug Zubenel

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