Pleiades (M45)

Globulars or Open, clusters of stars can be neat viewing.
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Re: Pleiades (M45)

Post by Christopher K. » November 1st, 2017, 6:51 pm

The evening of Saturday the 4th, M45 receives a visitor--the Moon. They'll be too far apart to call it a conjunction, but after 8:15pm CDT go out and look in the east-northeast for M45. The Moon will be eleven degrees away.

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Re: Pleiades (M45)

Post by Christopher K. » February 6th, 2018, 2:48 pm

Orion pursued the Pleiads for seven years, so the myth goes. Zeus placed them in the Heavens as a permanent escape, but as fate would have it Orion died and earned a place in the sky himself. The line formed by Orion's belt stars (extending west-northwest) leads almost exactly to the Pleiades--it's off by about three degrees. Both Orion in the south and the Pleiades in the southwest can be seen for the next two weeks at ~7:30pm CST.

More information:
https://www.naic.edu/~gibson/pleiades/p ... _myth.html

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Re: Pleiades (M45)

Post by Christopher K. » March 12th, 2018, 3:41 pm

The waxing crescent Moon will slide past the Pleiades and Aldebaran from the 21st to the 23rd. There's just a week or so left to see M45 in a full-dark evening sky.

Keep 21 April to 25 April in mind. On those evenings M45 and Venus will conjunct, with fewer than four degrees separating them on the 23rd. A low western horizon will be mandatory for viewing.

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