Over the next couple days or so check out the planet Venus as it positions just above the beautiful Beehive cluster (M44). The pair will easily fit inside the view of an average pair of binoculars. Both call the constellation Cancer – the crab – their home and are easy to track down in the northwest these nights soon after sunset. While Venus looks like a bright white coloured star to the naked eye -thanks to the planets highly reflected white clouds that totally enshroud it. The Beehive cluster however can be glimpsed easily from a dark sky location without optical aid, but really looks like a swarm of bees when you magnify the 500 light year distant cluster even a little. The cosmic odd couple are now only separated by about 0.5 degrees – equal to just one full Moon disk.
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