A beautiful sight will greet the naked eye in the skies over Ireland in the coming nights when the brightest planet passes very close to the brightest cluster of stars in the sky.
“It is going to be one of the highlights of the year and you can see it with the naked eye” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine.
The brightest ‘star’ in the night sky each evening is actually the planet Venus. It blazes in the West for about 4 hours after sunset with 9pm to 11pm being the best time to see Venus.
“Venus is nearly 100 times brighter than the brightest stars in the sky, so it is an unmistakable sight to the naked eye” said David Moore.
The “Seven Sisters” is the brightest star cluster visible to the naked eye. They were named after sisters in ancient Greek mythology. The cluster is over 400 light years from Earth which is about 25 million times further away than Venus is tonight.
“Everyone can go out after dark, say, from 9pm to 11pm and find Venus blazing in the Western sky and then they will see the “Seven Sisters” just to the upper right of Venus. The view in binoculars will be even more stunning but you can easily see both with the naked eye too.” said Mr. Moore.