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Pleiades Observing the Universe

Pleiades Observing the Universe

This is an image of the star cluster of Las Pleiades, in the constellation of Taurus. It is the M45 object of the Messier catalog and the brightest open star cluster.

The Pleiades are a group of young stars, still surrounded by gas residues and stellar dust. The cluster gathers about 500 stars and there could be more forming. At first glance, they are seen as a faint spot of light in the sky in the form of a pan. They are located on the back of the bull that represents Taurus.

To locate them, we draw a straight line linking the Orion Belt with Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, and extend it upwards.

It is probably the most beautiful cluster and easy to see with the naked eye. If we look at the Pleiades with binoculars, we will see dozens of stars.

At first glance you can only see 7 stars, known as the Seven Sisters. According to mythology, they represent the seven daughters of Titan Atlas turned into pigeons and hidden among the stars. They flee from the hunter Orion, who became infatuated with them. They are: Alcíone (the brightest), Atlas, Electra, Maia, Merope, Taygete and Celeno.

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