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.
Viewing Pleiades Star Cluster
Early November through February
Find bright orange Aldebaran in Taurus. Look up (N) to find the large, bright Pleiades. For more help use the 'Taurus' link below.
Count the stars that you can see. Try for 14 or more.
The Pleaides in binoculars is a stunning target. Try drawing what you see.
Use low power since this cluster is so large. Many stars will be visible. Try drawing what you see.