Astronomy, Dad Life

Dad-stronomy 101: Aldebaran

ALDEBARAN Location: Taurus Constellation Classification: K5 III star (orange giant star) Distance: ~65 light-years Alternate Names: Alpha Tauri, "the fiery eye of the Bull" Apparent Magnitude: 1.0 Meaning of Name: Arabic for "the Follower" Fun Facts: the brightest object in the constellation Taurus the helium core has ignited a shell of hydrogen outside the core, making it a red… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Aldebaran

Astronomy, Dad Life

Dad-stronomy 101: Pleiades

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… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Pleiades