Venus, Moon and Pleiades Conjunction

On the night of the 17th April, a beautiful conjunction between the Crescent Moon, the Pleiades (M45) and Venus took place in the Western twilight sky. I was at the Mudgee Star Party at the time, which had a lovely unobstructed view to the West.

Venus, Moon and Pleiades Conjunction

Venus, Moon and Pleiades Conjunction

These images were captured with my Canon 40D sitting on a tripod. I also took some prime focus images of just the Moon and the Pleiades through the ED80.

It was a stunning scene, and everyone at the star party was mesmerised by the view, taking it in with camera, binoculars and telescopes.

There’s a number of different views of the conjunction in this post, so please check them all out. You can click on each image for a larger version that opens in a new window.

The following image shows my son Jacob pointing at the conjunction.

Jacob Pointing at the Conjunction

Jacob Pointing at the Conjunction

Another few views of the conjunction, but a bit earlier when the Pleiades wasn’t quite visible.

Moon and Venus Conjunction

Moon and Venus Conjunction

Moon and Venus Conjunction at Twilight

Moon and Venus Conjunction at Twilight

Telescope Ready for the Night

Telescope Ready for the Night

Moon and Venus Conjunction at Mudgee

Moon and Venus Conjunction at Mudgee

Thanks for looking.

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