Venus And The Seven Sisters

When you are outside at night and look up, Venus is that really bright star in the sky. So bright it can cast a shadow.
Tonight Venus will line up in front the Pleiades also known as the Seven Sisters. This occurs every eight years, just look west after sunset. The Seven sisters will become the “eight” sisters for two nights. The Pleiades are arranged in a shape of a small version of the big dipper.

The Earth and Venus are in what is called near resonance, both have returned to nearly the same positions in the solar systems, This occurs every eight years. The last resonance was April 2, 2012. Venus is at ts highest point in the sky and known as the evening star. It will slowly move away and disappear as it orbits or travels away from earth.

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The picture was taken by Elliot Severn “I took it from the roof of the building next to my dorm at Alfred University in 2012” Elliot is a great space photographer he has taken some very cool shots of galaxies recently. Check out his website for all his photography. He also works with the Discovery Museum.

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Venus and the Seven Sisters … photo by Elliot Severn from the roof of the building next to my dorm at Alfred University in 2012

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