Venus and the Hyades

As Venus approaches maximum elongation it will pass through the Hyades star cluster. Because Venus reaches it maximum western excursion on July 1st the planet will sweep out an arc that runs just inside the V-shape of the cluster. Thus the planet will remain within the main body of the cluster for the next 20 days.

Today the planet is only 26′ from εTau at one corner of the V-shaped cluster. On July 8th the planet will pass about 1° from Aldebaran as it exits the cluster at the other corner of the V.

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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