Bad Astronomy

Sen: Venus and the Seven Sisters

Venus will be gracing our skies for quite some time this summer.

Photo by Phil Plait

If you’ve been outside the past few days around sunset and peered west, you may have noticed Venus ostentatiously glaring there. If it was dark enough you may have also noticed the Pleiades not too far away from it. Over the next few days they’ll be getting closer … and I wrote about it for my biweekly column at

Sen is a site with lots of news and info about space exploration and astronomy with a focus on the solar system. News is free, and so is the large collection of gorgeous images, but the blogs are subscription only. It’s a good site and well worth the change you’ll find in your sofa or your car ashtray.