The International Space Station joins the cosmic hug between Venus and the Pleiades – 3 Apr. 2020

While planet Venus and the Pleiades star cluster were at the best of their conjunction, the International Space Station had a very bright pass above Rome: here it is our image.

The Moon, the International Space Station and the conjunction between Venus and the Pleiades - 3 Apr. 2020

The Moon, the International Space Station and the conjunction between Venus and the Pleiades – 3 Apr. 2020

I’m always amazed by the generosity of the night sky. While planet Venus and the Pleiades, the most beautiful open star cluster of the sky were sharing their hug in the moonlight, the International Space Station (ISS) crossed the sky above Rome. I managed to quickly set up my imaging tools (Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR body with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM) on a tripod and captured the transit. How beautiful!

The image is above: on the bottom-right corner, Venus is just in front of the Pleiades, while the ISS crosses the field of view on the upper-right. A very bright Moon is also present. You can see many constellations, including Orion, Taurus, Auriga, Gemini, Canis Major, Canis Minor and more.

I hope you will enjoy the view!

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