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Venus Makes Spectacular Conjunction with Pleiades Star Cluster

Posted Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 3:19 PM

Venus, at about 60 million miles away, passes nearly in front of the much more distant Pleiades star cluster the afternoon of April 4. This occurs about every 8 years. The Pleiades is a newborn (ONLY about 100 million years old!) star cluster that resembles a small version of the little dipper to the naked eye, about 2 BILLION times as far away as Venus. Photo over my rooftop in Piggott.

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Kenneth Renshaw NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador/Saturn Observation Campaign Kenneth is one of 494 volunteer educators and astronomers who donate their time to educate America's youth, and the general public, about astronomy and the U.S. space program. Organized in 1999 by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab,it focuses on spacecraft built by the JPL such as Voyager, Mars Rover, Galileo, Cassini as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. Renshaw is one of four ambassadors in Arkansas, and makes presentations to all age and experience groups from pre-school to university science level. His official NASA website it www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kenneth_Renshaw.htm His email address is renshaw@newwavecomm.net