22:00 BST on 10 May

All About Space - - Stargazer -

Con­stel­la­tion: Tau­rus into Gem­ini

Mag­ni­tude: -3.9


Blaz­ing at mag­ni­tude -3.9, al­most as bright as it can get, Venus will become vis­i­ble in the west as soon as the sky starts to darken. For over three hours it will be a strik­ing sight, draw­ing your eye away from ev­ery­thing else. Dur­ing the month the planet drifts be­tween two large star clus­ters in Tau­rus, the fa­mous Pleiades clus­ter and the V-shaped Hyades clus­ter. Be­tween 19 to 21 May it will then slide past the much fainter star clus­ter Messier 35, a very pretty sight in binoc­u­lars.

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