Astro photography

Venus, M45, Jet

Venus, M45, Jet, April 10, 2007. The large open cluster M45 is also known as The Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters. It lies near the ecliptic, so from time to time it is "visited" by the Moon and the other planets as they travel along their orbits. On this night Venus was just a few degrees away.

As I started taking photographs in the evening dusk, a jet flew in front of Venus. The jet was at a high enough altitude that its condensation trail was still lit by the Sun below the horizon. The port wing light is also visible. Here is another view of Venus and The Pleiades taken 15 minutes later.

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