Dad-stronomy 101: Pleiades


Location: Taurus Constellation

Classification: Open Star Cluster

Distance: ~444 light years

Alternate Names: “M45” and “Seven Sisters”

Apparent Magnitude: 1.6

Meaning of Name: Greek derived from plein, “to sail”

Fun Facts:

  • among the nearest star clusters to Earth
  • is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye
  • is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars formed in the last 100 million years
  • second-brightest object in the Taurus Constellation (Aldebaran)
  • Seven Sisters of Greek mythology are Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Alcyone

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