Venus skims through the outer edges of the Praesepe open star cluster in the evening sky tonight. Observers in Australia will get the darkest skies and therefore the best views, whereas those in the United Kingdom must contend with a late sunset and a deep blue twilight.
No matter where you are, using binoculars or a small telescope will help to bring out the stars of the cluster and allow the brilliance of Venus to shine through.
(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
03:13 UT – Venus appears 0.9° north of M44, the Praesepe open star cluster. (Venus: 46% illuminated, magnitude -4.3, diameter 25.5”. Cancer, evening sky. See images above.)
Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon before sunrise.
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