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Stung By Wonder — See Venus Skirt The Beehive Cluster Sept. 12-14

11 Sep 2020, 16:50 UTC
Stung By Wonder — See Venus Skirt The Beehive Cluster Sept. 12-14 Bob King

This morning, I heard a neighbor a block over start his car and drive off just after 5. He’s not the only early riser. Maybe you get up early, too. If so, throw on a coat and go outside. Venus blazes in the eastern sky, and if you point binoculars at it the next few days you’ll see a wonderful conjunction of the planet and one the sky’s brightest star clusters, the Beehive. Also known as M44 (the 44th entry in Charles Messier’s famous catalog of bright sky sights), this swarm of stellar bees buzzes at the center of the constellation Cancer the crab.

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