Looking up into the great, star-studded expanse of the night sky doesn't have to make you feel small.
On the evening of April 3, Venus will appear to be inside the Pleiades star cluster, a celestial sight that occurs every eight years. Now would be an excellent time to pause and contemplate the beauty of space.
The planet and the Pleiades will have their cozy conjunction on Friday night, but skygazers can watch Venus close in on the star cluster and then move away for a couple nights on either side of the event.
The best viewing will be after sunset. Look to the west. Venus is extremely bright right now, so let it guide your vision. You can watch with the naked eye, but a wide-field telescope or binoculars will give you an even better show.
Venus needs no introduction, but here's a quick refresher on the Pleiades. The Pleaides is an open star cluster also called the Seven Sisters or Messier 45. "It contains over a thousand stars that are loosely bound by gravity, but it is visually dominated by a handful of its brightest members," said NASA in an explainer in 2017. The Pleiades can be found in the constellation Taurus.