Venus dominates the evening skies this spring. Its brilliance can only be parallelled by that of the International Space Station. In the dim twilight after sunset on April 12th, this neighbouring world approached the Seven Sisters, an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus also known as the Pleiades or M45.
The aureole around Venus formed because of the thin cirrus clouds. The contrail also helped.
Photo details: Olympus E-5 with Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 lens. Exposure time 2 seconds, f/2, ISO 400.