01.-05.04.2020 – Venus meets Pleiades (M45)

April 2020 starts during the time period of 01.04.-05.04.2020 with a first highlight. During this period the planet Venus will get more and more close to the very worldwide known open cluster M45, also known as Pleiades. While Venus will be still in visual distance of 1°30′ on 1st April, what will also look really nice for sure, the distance will decrease one day later on 2nd April to already just 0°41′. The absolutely lowest visually distance the two objects will have on 3rd April 2020, when just 0°12′ divide Venus and the Pleiades. On 4th April the distance will be more again with about 0°21′, which is still close for nice photographs. One day latr on 5th April the distance will be 1°14′ and therefore again more than 1°. During that time period we will be able to see both objects in the evening dawn from 9.15 pm in western direction at a very comfortable height above the horizon of 30°. Even at 11.30 pm they are still 10° above the horizon and visible. While Venus is alkways easily visible and doesn’t need any equipment than the naked eye, also the Pleiades are visible like that, but without any details. Therefore it is recommended to use binoculars or a telescope (if available) to see more details and enjoy the view in a much better way. Following now in kind of blog I will show you photos of the two objects getting closer and closer:    

 

06th April 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 02°06′

  

 
 

05th April 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 01°14′

  

 
 

04th April 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 00°21′

  

The planet Venus changed its position within the Pleiades und the apparent visually distance is now 0°21′. Focal distances: 18 mm (left) and 210 mm (right, image detail).

 
 

03rd April 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 00°12′

  

Due to the reason that the sky started to clear up alreay in the early evening, I was really lucky with the weather. With almost clear sky at about 10 pm I was able to see that wonderful conjunction! Planet Venus as part of the open cluster Messier 45, also known as Pleiades. Exposure data: Picture on top left (Canon 500D, 55mm, 5 Sek., F5.6 bei ISO 1600, image detail), Picture on top right (Canon 500D, 205mm, 2 Sek., F5 bei ISO 3200, image detail) and the lower picture (Skywatcher Startravel 80/400 mm + Canon 500D, 2 Sek. bei ISO 3200, image detail).

 
 

02nd April 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 00°41′

  

The apperent visually distance one day before the closest approach is now just 0°41′. Focal distances: 85 mm (left) and 210 mm (right, image detail).

 
 

01st April 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 01°30′

  

The apperent visually distance now decreased to almost 1°. It’s already worth it to zoom in on both objects (right picture: 210mm focal distance).

 
 

31st March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 02°24′

  

 
 

28th March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 05°15′

  

 
 

27th March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 06°11′

  

 

 

26th March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 07°10′

  

 
 

25th March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 08°07′

 

 

 

24th March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 09°20′

The apperent visually distance now decreased to less than 10°. Slowly both objects get closer and closer.

 

 

 

23rd March 2020 – Apparent visually distance: 10°34′

All following photographs are taken by the Canon 500D while using the following focal distances until further notice:  18mm (left) and 55mm (right).

 

 

 

I hope you all will enjoy this this close encounter with some wonderful experiences and photographs!

 

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