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Asura Osborne

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Transcript of Pleiades

Pleiades: The Seven Sisters

Known as the seven sisters forever traveling the sky The Pleiades are best seen in the northern and southern hemispheres, during early spring and late fall. They are circumpolar. The most common myth associated with the Pleiades is that of why they were placed in the sky. The story goes that the sisters were originally part of Artemis's hunting tribe, but that Orion saw them, and fell in love with them, and their mother, and became obsessed. He began to follow them. The Pleiades are labeled some of the brightest stars that can be seen.
Artemis asked her father, Zeus, to free them from Orion's constant hunt. Zeus did as she wished, and changed the sisters into a flock of doves. As they flew, however, they were forced to leave Artemis's hunting tribe. Artemis was so angry, she convinced her brother to set a scorpion on Orion, a scorpion that consequently killed the hunter. In return, Zeus placed Orion into the sky, constantly chasing the Pleiades, with the scorpion on his heels. He was, however, at least a little kind to Artemis, because the constellation passes frequently by the moon, of which Artemis is the goddess, so the stars and their mistress have frequent reunions. The Pleiades are also known as M45, because they are #45 on Messier's list of constellations. You can see them in this diagram.
The seven sisters are Merope, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Asterope, Maia, and Alcyone. Pleione is the mother, and Atlas is the father. Magnitudes Calaeno 5.46 Electra 3.70

Taygeta 4.30

Maia 3.17

Asterope 1 5.80
Asterope 2 6.43

Merope 4.18

Alcyone 6.29

The four brightest stars in the Pleiades are
Brightest Stars in Pleiades Alcyone 6.29 23630 degrees Blue Star
Maia 3.17 23408 degrees Blue Star
Electra 3.70 23302 degrees Blue Star
Merope/Taygeta 4.18/4.30 23480/23338 degrees Blue Star The Pleiades lie about 425 light years away from Earth Thank you very much
for watching, I hope that
you learned something!!

:) THE END (This is when you applaud...I want someone to scream "YEAH! ASTRONOMY!"..Please?)
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