APOD: Mars and the Beehive (2023 Jun 10)

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APOD: Mars and the Beehive (2023 Jun 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Jun 10, 2023 4:06 am

Image Mars and the Beehive

Explanation: This month, bright Mars and brilliant Venus are the prominent celestial beacons in planet Earth's western skies after sunset. Wandering through the constellation Cancer the Crab, the Red Planet was captured here on the evening of June 3 near the stars of open cluster Messier 44. Recognized since antiquity this nearby, naked-eye star cluster is also known as the Praesepe or the Beehive cluster. A swarm of stars all much younger than the Sun, the Beehive cluster is a mere 600 light-years distant. Seen with a yellowish hue, Mars is about 17 light-minutes away. On June 12/13 Venus will take its turn posing next to the stars of the Beehive cluster. But the dazzling light of Venus will make the Beehive stars difficult to see by eye alone.

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Re: APOD: Mars and the Beehive (2023 Jun 10)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Jun 10, 2023 7:32 pm

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beautiful Mars and the Bees!
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Kitty cat enjoying the meadow and the dandelions!
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The bees are swarming!
We really need to be careful with the bug spray as the bees are
crucial to the crops! 8-)
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