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Online Open Dome - Venus - The bright wanderer of the skies

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Venus is a striking planet easy to observe. Especially this month offers a unique close alignment of Venus and the Pleiades. Hear more about how we connect and watch Venus in Dr D Brown (NTU) online talk Venus - The bright wanderer of the skies.

This talk is going ahead as a video recorded talk to booked visitors.

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The five brightest planets are striking wanderers amongst the stars. None so as the dazzling bright Venus visible either in the morning or evening as the last or first star visible against the brightening sky. Venus is so striking that it is often mistaken for a UFO in current times and became part of ritual calendars in some ancient cultures.

Beyond these ways it impacted upon our engagement with the Sky, it also shows amazing alignments with other planets, Moon, Sun and stars. This month offers a stunning pairing of Venus and the Pleiades. Dr D Brown (NTU) will be talking about the properties of the planet Venus, how it features in our current culture and in the past. He will use Venus as an example to illustrate how certain celestial actors can offer complex characters for our sky stories.

Given the current situation and NTU response, this event is now not taking place as a public NTU event. However, D Brown (NTU) will provide an online talk on this topic to everyone who is booked onto this event. We will email in the evening of 26 March a link to the material on YouTube to everyone who has booked. We will be happy to answer questions posted as response to the video over the following days. So do keep booking onto this event. If you haven't booked you might need to wait a while before you can see it.


The event is now a video recorded talk and booked visitors will receive a link to the material during the evening with Dr D Brown (NTU) talk Venus - The bright wanderer of the skies.

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