Moon Occults
the Pleiades
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Moon Occults the Pleiades
Luna Occults Subaru

The Pleiades, Subaru and the Seven Sisters are what we Earthlings call a cluster of very young stars located in the constellation Taurus. It is also known as M-45 on the Messier list of celestial objects and is the object of much folk lore. With good vision, on a clear night, from a dark site, you can count 6 or 7 stars and if you look away a little bit (averted vision technique) it seams to brighten quite a bit. This happens because there is considerable nebulosity associated with the cluster. With binoculars you can see about 40 to 50 stars. With a telescope the full 125 (+ or -) stars bombard your eye with photons.

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