To and From the Pleiades
by Rev. Mary B. O'Malley, MD, PhD ©2012
Photo by Fred Espenak, used with permission.
About the star:
The Pleiades is an open cluster of stars, also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is easily seen by the naked eye. The cluster actually contains at least 1000 distinct stars spread over a distance of 43 light years. The nine brightest stars of the Pleiades are named for the seven sisters of Greek mythology: Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Alcyone, as well as their parents Atlas and Pleione.
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