Pleiades, Messier 34 star cluster, Taurus (&Hyaedes Cluster) & Perseus.

Pleiades, Messier 34 star cluster, Taurus (&Hyaedes Cluster) & Perseus.

Pleiades/Seven Sisters/Messier 45 is amazing for a lot of reasons. It has a million names because as far back as we look (even a shield/discus in 1600BC), any and every culture worth mentioning knows it and holds the cluster in high esteem. Achitecture on Earth was build to allign with it (the Pantheon). It’s on armor, shields, temples and churches. Pleiades being one of the closest and most brilliant star clusters, is one of the easiest clusters to see in the night sky. No visual aid is needed, but can be fun. It is so pretty that in a dark night sky, the glimmering jewels effect the stars have make it easy to appreciate it even more so without binoculars or a telescope.

Above the tallest palm tree is Perseus and the star clouds behind it. Above Perseus’ feet is M34, a fuzzy patch of light (distant star cluster).

Go outside and check it out late at night in the eastern sky. Right underneath these stars, unseen beneath the horizon, is the Orion constellation. A sure sign the colder seasons are on the way.

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