Every 8 years, the brightest planet, Venus, comes in close proximity with a cluster of stars, named the Pleiades. This occurred last night and people especially living in North America had a good glance at the celestial bodies coming together, reports Firstpost.
The Pleiades is also known as the “seven sisters” and is one of the open star clusters closest to the earth and most obvious to the naked eye.
People on the internet took to Twitter to post pictures of Venus meeting the Pleiades and termed it as a “cosmic hug”. Have a look at the beautiful pictures here:
— She’s Seventeen Now (@websparx) April 4, 2020
— Martin McKenna (@martinastro2005) April 3, 2020
A stunning and rare opportunity to see these celestial beauties looking so close together! Venus and The Pleiades. A planet and an open star cluster.
03.04.20, Bedfordshire, UK.#astrophotography#VenusPleiades#StormHour@newburyastro @universetoday pic.twitter.com/SqEIJUWamK
— Dawn (@DawnSunrise1) April 3, 2020
— Vivek Shilimkar (@vivek_shilimkar) April 4, 2020
Venus in the Pleiades from a Bortle-9 inner city site. A standard Canon on a simple tripod, while I shielded the street lights with my body. 1-second, ISO 3200, 300M#VenusPleiades pic.twitter.com/HRTao3a1Vh
— Thomas McLaughlin (@DangerKittyTom) April 4, 2020
— camaratuerta (@camaratuerta) April 4, 2020
— Jianwei Lyu (@astroskii77) April 4, 2020
— issradio (@issradio) April 4, 2020
The next time we catch hold of this beauty will be in 2028. Will be keeping my binoculars ready then!