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By Troy Carpenter
Goldendale Observatory 

Rare celestial phenomenon over Goldendale


Troy Carpenter, Goldendale Observatory

RARE LIGHT IN THE SKY: If you saw this last week, hope you got a good look-it won't happen again until 2028.

Troy Carpenter, administrator at the Goldendale Observatory, sent this picture and explanation Monday:

A rarity occurred in the sky last week; Planet Venus appeared to pass through the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the 7 Sisters. Subaru owners will recognize this famous arrangement from their keychains.

The attached image was taken with a vintage 200mm camera lens on the evening of April 2, 2020, at 11:19 p.m. from Observatory hill just before the scene disappeared behind trees. Such an apparition will not occur again until 2028.

Conjunctions like these are powerful lessons in perspective: the brilliant light of Venus took only 5 minutes, 18 seconds to reach Earth, while the light...

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