The Pleiades, the stunning Seven Sisters, can be found high in the sky as the Sun sets during the end of winter; as springtime progresses, it sinks lower and lower in the west.
A Giant Guides Us to the Pleiades
Face south to find and the cosmic giant, Orion the Hunter, a very large hourglass-shaped constellation. This Star Map can help orient you in locating Orion, his red shoulder star Betelgeuse and both reddish Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, further to the northwest (right). Once you have this orientation, Look Up in the night sky for this diagonal lineup of two red stars and a glistening star cluster.
The Seven Sisters form the shape of a tiny dipper in Taurus the Bull, northwest of reddish Aldebaran, the Bull's eye. Aldebaran is one end of the V-shaped Hyades star cluster , the Bull's face. The Pleiades mark the hump of the bull or the brand on the shoulder of the Bull. The dipper-shaped Pleiades sparkle bluish-white in the night.
The Pleiades is probably the most recognized and celebrated star cluster in the heavens. Even observers in light-polluted cities can view these reputable stars with the unaided eye. Did you know this is one of the brightest and closest open clusters and that it is also known as M45 and Subaru in Japanese?
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