The Pleiades has been known since antiquity. It is easy to spot -- look for a bright cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus. It is dominated by young, hot blue and extremely bright stars. A passing cloud of dust reflects the blue light from the stars giving this cluster a surreal appearance.
Also known as the Seven Sisters, the names of the brightest stars come from Greek mythology: Pleione and Atlas, the parents, and the sisters Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope. Cool names!
Do you see the resemblance of the stars to the logo for an automobile from Japan? In fact, Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades.
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* Locating: find the Belt of Orion, red Aldebaran in Taurus and then the Pleiades above.
* Naked-eye: see about fourteen stars. How many canyon see?
* Binoculars: a great way to view it. Try drawing it and labeling the stars.
* Telescope: use low power to get it to all fit within the field of view.
* Astrophotography: 'view' the awesome blue wisps of nebulosity.