Thursday, April 12, 2007
Venus, the Plieades and zodiacal light.
Shortly after watching the ISS fly over a couple nights ago, I turned the camera west to capture this view of the planet Venus (the brightest star visible) right next to the Plieades star cluster. Also visible is the broad bright band of light extending from the horizon up past Venus which is the Zodiacal light from scattered dust in the inner solar system. This image was taken at 24mm focal length with an exposure of 30 seconds at f/1.8, ISO 400.