Venus and the Pleiades

Take a look in the western skies this weekend for Venus as it moves through the star cluster Pleiades.

The best view is tonight, when the planet poses amid the stars in the star cluster. The star cluster has many names. It is also called Seven Sisters. The popular automobile Subaru is actually a Japanese word for the star cluster.

The star cluster is 444 light years away. Venus is only 60 million miles away; so much closer to us than the Sun at 93 million miles.

This weekend’s show is a rare event and won’t happen again, with the two so close, for eight years.

Even if the weather doesn’t help this weekend, the show still goes on. We photographed the two earlier this week, on Tuesday night. Watch the planet nightly and notice the planets movement amid the stars.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 3 6:21 7:08
Sat., April 4 6:20 7:09
Sun., April 5 6:18 7:10
Mon., April 6 6:16 7:12
Tues., April 7 6:15 7:13
Wed., April 8 6:13 7:14
Thurs., April 9 6:11 7:15
Fri., April 10 6:10 7:16
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
March 27 49 37 T
March 28 62 30 0.00
March 29 54 43 0.57
March 30 46 42 0.14
March 31 46 37 0.02
April 1 42 35 T
April 2 45 39 0.15


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 45º F


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