This image was taken on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, as Venus was approaching the Pleiades. This is a beautiful shot by one of my observing buddies, Vince Tramazzo.
The "Seven Sisters" are often thought to be The Little Dipper - they're not, but I sometimes call them the IBD, the "Itty Bitty Dipper"! The Pleiades (M45) is not even a constellation, it's actually a PART of a constellation - that would be Taurus. In fact, this cluster represents the bull's heart! To the left, you can plainly pick out the V-shaped asterism that is The Hyades Star Cluster. The Hyades is the closest open cluster to the Earth, only 150 light years distant, and it represents the nose and head of the Bull. The bright red star at the upper left of the V, Aldebaran, is Taurus' bloodshot red eyeball!
A wonderful image of the Venus/Pleiades conjunction. Thanks Vince!
Picture of the Month:
Here's a small gallery of interesting pictures. They're not all taken through a telescope, and some are just long exposure images taken while mounted on a camera tripod, or even a cellphone shot. Processing was kept to a minimum, so that just about anyone can get similar results. Click on any image to get a slightly better view.
If you'd like any of your images included in our gallery, just send them along with your permission to use them. We'll update the gallery from time-to-time, and there is no set period until the next batch will be posted. Hover over the shots, to get a little info about each picture. Have fun!