Moon meets Sisters

Written by The Night Sky Guy on February 19, 2010 – 2:00 pm -

Cosmic Odd Couple on Sunday Night; click image to enlarge

Cosmic Odd Couple on Sunday Night; click image to enlarge

This Sunday evening take a gander at the first quarter Moon and look towards its lower right and you might notice a hazy patch of light.  That stellar smudge is in fact one of the most famous night sky destinations for beginner skywatchers – called the Pleiades or seven susters.

It is rich star cluster located about 400 light years distant and it can easily be seen from even light polluted suburban skies. With even the bright Moon in play this weekend, the Pleiades can be spotted fairly easily.

If you are finding it hard to make out try using binoculars – they will bring out many more members of this cosmic nursery. More than 40 members belong to this young group and most can be seen with binoculars and small telescopes. But the naked eye will still pick out the brightest five to seven of its stars.

The Moon and Pleiades in the constellation Taurus; click image to enlarge

The Moon and Pleiades in the constellation Taurus; click image to enlarge


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