Venus in the Beehive: the brightest planet meets Messier 44 – online observation (13 June 2023)

Next 13 June 2023 Venus, the brightest planet, will shine perfectly aligned with the famous Messier 44 open star cluster, also known as the Beehive (and Praesepe). We will share this beautiful vision with you.

Venus and Messier 44 (aka the Beehive) star cluster: poster of the event.

Venus and Messier 44 (aka the Beehive) star cluster: poster of the event.

Of course, this event is just matter of perspective: Venus is placed at about 94 millions of km and the cluster at about 600 light years from us! Messier 44, nicknamed “the Beehive” (also known as Praesepe), is one of the most important open star clusters out there, one of the deep sky gems first telescopically observed by Galileo.  Apparently, Venus will be 26.000 times (!) brighter than the brightest stars in Messier 44.

The Virtual Telescope Project will show this wonderful cosmic event live, using our new large field of view astrograph, providing a spectacular view, with color images. The Red Planet Mars will be also visible in the same field of view.

The online, free session is scheduled for 13 June 2023, starting at 20:00 UT.

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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