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Venus, Pleiades join in celestial spectacle visible in Qatar tonight

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A local astronomer is advising Qatar residents to look to the sky tonight to witness the union of two celestial bodies: the planet Venus and the famous star cluster Pleiades.

Though the two are hundreds of light years apart, they will appear together as neighbors for the first time since 2004 as Venus passes just below the bright blue star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.

The meetup should be visible to the naked eye, but binoculars might help, astronomers said.

The Peninsula reports:

According to a statement by Sheikh Salman Al Thani, a renowned Qatari Astronomer, the action began on Monday evening, when Venus entered the star cluster. Venus will look like the eighth star among the Seven Sisters, with its brightness in the western sky. Tonight, Venus will be shining out from the border of the star cluster.

If the sky is too cloudy to witness the spectacle tonight, which takes place every eight years, check out the live stream here.

Photo by lrargerich

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