Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

Venus, the Pleiades and Hyades


Tonight, the planet Venus shining bright in the western sky appeared close to the dipper-shaped open star cluster, Pleiades.

Just above them was the V-shaped Hyades, another noticeable cluster. In mythology, the Hyades are the half sisters to the Pleiades, the daughters of Atlas.

Image taken with Nikon D60 DSLR camera (24 mm, f/5.6, 20 sec. exp. at ISO 1250).

More photos below:

(From bottom to top) Jupiter, Venus, the Pleiades, and the Hyades.

The streak of light was an airplane which happen to pass in between Venus and the Pleiades while the shot was being taken

3 responses

  1. Your photos make me want to buy a better camera🙂

    May 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

    • Hi Eric,

      Just saw your own site and it was nice🙂 Anyway, most of my photos here were taken using just a cheap point-and-shoot camera with long exposure capabilities, so it’s not that great at all. But yes, you can get yourself a decent DSLR camera for better images. I’ve been longing to buy one for myself as well.


      May 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

  2. ronald estrada

    hello raven. when i arrived home last night in novaliches, as i was parking my car in our garage, i saw an unusually bright star above a cluster of stars. that was around 8 pm. I ate my diner and watched a little t.v and got out again having my digital camera with 15 x optical zoom hoping to take a shot of this bright star. when i stepped out it was gone already. its a nice thing that you explained it what it was. it was venus after all. iam a 41 year old lawyer with 5 kids. i sure hope that my son (10 yrs old) will have an interest in astronomy.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

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