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Venus by the Lake

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Venus by the Lake


Finding Venus
in the night sky is not too hard these days.

Now appearing as the evening star, Venus rules as the brightest
celestial beacon in west just

And if you can find Venus tonight, you can also easily
find the lovely Pleiades star cluster
(aka M45) close by.

In this serene skyview, recorded on Tuesday near
Bolu, Turkey, Venus and
the Pleiades are on the right, with
brilliant Venus reflected in the calm waters
of the small lake in the foreground.

Left of Venus, the bright star
Aldebaran anchors the V-shaped
Hyades star cluster.

Farther left are stars of the familiar constellation Orion with
Rigel, at the foot of Orion, also reflected in the lake.

Meanwhile, Sirius, in Canis Major,
is the brightest star on the
left side of the view.

But the bright terrestrial light below Sirius is not a reflection,
it's just a light near the lake shore.

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