A Venus Kinda Sunday

HEAVENLY TRIANGLE: Last night, the Moon passed by Venus and the Pleiades, forming a heavenly triangle in the sunset sky. Marek Nikodem photographed the 3-way conjunction from the countryside near Szubin, Poland:

“The planet Venus shone like the brightest diamond in the sky; the Pleiades were more like tiny diamonds in a box,” says Nikodem. “Despite the COVID-19 virus pandemic that was spreading across the world, it was an amazing and unforgettable evening.”

The evenings ahead may be unforgettable, too. During the next week, Venus and the Pleiades will inch closer and closer together until, on April 3rd, Venus is actually inside the star cluster. For full effect, binoculars are recommmended.

Consider it a mixture of dissimilar things. The Pleiades are elusive. You rarely find them on purpose. They’re best seen out of the corner of your eye, a pretty little surprise that pops out of the night sky when you’re staring elsewhere. Venus is just the opposite. Bright enough to cast faint shadows, it beams down from the heavens and grabs you when you’re not even looking.

This will be the best Venus-Pleiades conjunction of the 21st century, so far. Don’t miss it! Sky maps: March 28293031April 123.

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16 Responses to A Venus Kinda Sunday

  1. Micki says:

    Three more dead here in Whatcom County announced.

    14 new positives announced by health department today.

    Easter is right around the corner. Dumbass!

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  2. David B Benson says:

    Gentle drizzle petered out as I set off up B Street. Counted 16 pedestrians on campus. Two bought delivered take away. Two were packing to leave for the duration. And Sunday surprise, two busses. I had thought that busses were never on Sunday but obviously that has changed.

    Even a bit of sun on the way home; 32 minutes.

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  3. Micki says:

    People are dying, losing their jobs, wondering how they’ll keep their homes, separated from family and friends (some who die alone), the economy is tanking…and that despicable excuse for a human being compares “his TV ratings” to the finale of a reality show! Gawdalmighty…cue Carol…DOOMED! Cue Gerald…where’s the barf bucket?

    He’s crazy!

    March 29 (Reuters) – President Trump on Sunday bragged about the millions of people tuning in to view his daily press briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, saying on Twitter that his average ratings matched a season finale of “The Bachelor.”

    “Because the ‘Ratings’ of my News Conferences etc. are so high, ‘Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers’ according to the @nytimes, the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY,” Trump tweeted. “‘Trump is reaching too many people, we must stop him.’ said one lunatic. See you at 5:00 P.M.!”

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    • David B Benson says:

      Yes, many clinical psychologists and psychiatrists have stated that King Donald is mad, i.e., not sane. But almost half the polled voters prefer him to Biden.

      😢

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    • David B Benson says:

      A tentative note of optimism is that worldometer is reporting but 82 new cases in Washington state. But that might be because the reporting is late today.

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      • David B Benson says:

        So updated to only 173 new cases reported in Washington state. Hopeful, but tomorrow we shall see what we shall see…

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  4. David B Benson says:

    On a less optimistic note, carriers of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus may be asymptomatic.

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  5. °¿º arol says:

    I saw those Trump tweets posted on FB today. Ugh. Mad as a hatter. but that’s ok. People with real power out there don’t give a shit.

    He cut money that goes to Yemen, so now they’ll be suffering more than they have to.

    If I knew they were counting me when I watch his press conferences, I would quit doing it. I doubt they count me, but who knows? I’m getting the channel from my Direct TV satellite, they could be watching what I watch.

    Guess I’ll kick the furnace on and take a shower and have a “Quarantini.”

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  6. Den says:

    Never let a stray cat help you park your car:

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  7. Micki says:

    Perhaps, one thing we can hope for, is that Trump won’t fire Dr. Fauci because his “TV Ratings” might go down, without the good doctor at his side to bolster the ratings…

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