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freelander86

What is this constellation?

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Hi,

What is this group of stars? I have looked on many apps and the skyX but it doesnt appear to be named...

Its several stars together (almost a mini Usra Major shape) usually very obvious...

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Looks like you've found the Pleiades, seven sisters or M45, an open cluster.

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good grief that was a quick reply!!!

So it does have a name too! Excellent thanks!

Onto the next constellation :)

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Hi Freelander86, if you have not already it would be good to download the free programme Stellarium, very usefull.

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good grief that was a quick reply!!! :)

Gotta love this forum :icon_eek:

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Thanks!

I had seen people discussing it but though it was an app... Which I already have enough of!!

It looks good, I ll give it a try :)

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Stellarium looks great - plus it has the ISS on it too which the SKYX does not!

Will have to give it a try when we next get a clear sky :)

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Comes out nicely in pics as well..

The cluster is passing through some interstellar dust at the moment, hence the nebulosity.

Olly

M45-COMPOSITE-FIN-sRGB-M.jpg

Edited by ollypenrice

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Comes out nicely in pics as well..

The cluster is passing through some interstellar dust at the moment, hence the nebulosity.

Olly

Show-off! :):D:D

Actually that's a brilliant image you've posted there, tons of detail and lovely colours!

The Pleiades aka 'Seven Sisters' aka 'Subaru' aka 'M45' probably has more names than any other feature in the sky - as well it ought to. If to you it immediately looks like a 'constellation' - i.e. separate stars in a definite arrangement - you've got better eyes than I have - though I can usually resolve into six stars in clear skies, if I concentrate and give myself time to dark-adapt. But binoculars or the lowest power on a refractor give far the best view.

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Hi,

What is this group of stars? I have looked on many apps and the skyX but it doesnt appear to be named...

As an aside, if you're struggling to locate them on a star chart, some charts (Stellarium included) show the Pleiades as being part of, or on the edge of Taurus.

There's a good photo on the Wikipedia page for the constellation of Taurus that illustrates what I mean:

Taurus (constellation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edit for spelling

Edited by Caelus

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I only took the pic. It's nature that's showing off!

1+ for bins or a wide field refractor.

Olly

Edited by ollypenrice

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my absolute favourite cluster,never get tired of looking at it

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Never get tired of looking at the sisters, seem to find new detail each time I look at them !

Shame it's cloudy again, i'm really itching to get out now !

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