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 second photo to see a closer view of this scene.



comments (5)

  • Luisa Milan Reply

    Thank you for the stunning image

    April 7, 2012 at 10:53 am
  • Anthony Pang Reply

    Beautiful picture. How did you take that picture to show the seven sisters?

    April 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm
  • Larry Reply

    What was used to get the spiks around the star. Beautiful picture!!

    May 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm
  • Doug Zubenel Reply

    Hi Larry and Anthony,

    The leaves of the f/stop diaphragm create the diffraction spikes, and the stars of the Seven Sisters are recorded with a guided exposure of 30 seconds with a 135mm lens @ f/5.6 and ISO 200.

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments!


    May 4, 2012 at 6:03 am
  • kekel Reply

    good job.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

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