Egyptian stargazers have something to look forward to on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Dr. Ashraf Tadros, a professor of astronomy at the National Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, has revealed that a new phenomenon will occur in the sky of Egypt that evening.
Venus, the second planet from the sun, will be paired with the Pleiades star cluster, a group of bright stars located 440 light-years away from Earth.
Venus and the Pleiades Star Cluster
According to Professor Tadros, the phenomenon will be visible to the naked eye after sunset, in the western sky, until a quarter past nine in the evening. The Pleiades star cluster is one of the most famous open star clusters in the northern sky.
It is made up of several hundred stars, but only seven of its brightest stars can be seen as a cluster next to the star Aldebaran in the Taurus constellation.
No Scientific Basis for Link between Planets and Earthquakes
Professor Tadros stressed that there is no scientific basis for the link between the positions of planets and the occurrence of earthquakes. Astronomers have been observing the skies for hundreds of years, and if there were any such link, it would have been observed by now.
He also emphasized that astronomical phenomena and events do not have any harmful effects on human health or daily activities on Earth, except for daytime phenomena related to the sun. It is very harmful to look at the sun with the naked eye.
Enjoyable Phenomena for Enthusiasts
Tadros concluded that astronomical phenomena occur at night and are enjoyable to watch and loved by enthusiasts and those interested in observing and photographing them. The only requirements are clear weather, a sky free of clouds, dust, and water vapor.
Researchers believe that the gas temperature may have risen due to the collision with a black hole, and then cooled after the black hole passed, leading to the emergence of stars.
With this new phenomenon in the sky of Egypt, astronomy enthusiasts and stargazers can look forward to an exciting night of stargazing and observing the unique alignment of Venus and the Pleiades star cluster.