Venus and the Pleiades, April 3, 2012, 2020 & 2028
by Frank Russello 2012, Joe Stieber 2020 & SkySafari 2028



Frank Russello captured Venus in the Pleiades (M45) on April 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS (APS C sensor), 300 mm focal length; 4 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 400.



Joe Stieber captured Venus in the Pleiades (M45) on April 3, 2020 at 10:22 pm EDT, Canon EOS RP (full frame sensor), 400 mm focal length; 0.6 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 3200. Venus is about a quarter degree west of the position in Frank's image. The vertical "light pillar" extending above and below Venus is evidently due to the hazy/cloudy conditions.

 Joe writes: I was surprised to even see Venus at all this evening as the Clear Sky Chart looked unfavorable and it was completely overcast at sunset. Just by chance, I looked out the back window (facing west) about 10 pm and happened to see some clearing had occurred and Venus was visible, so I dashed to the local baseball field complex for a look and a snapshot. By then, Venus was down to 10.5 altitude.



Here's a screen capture from SkySafari showing Venus and the Pleiades on April 3, 2028 at 9 pm EDT.

Venus has an orbital period of 224.70 earth days, the earth's orbital period is 365.24 days; therefore...
13 x 224.70 =
2921.1 days, 8 x 365.24 = 2921.9 days, so every 8 years, Venus returns to very nearly the same spot in the sky.



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