‘Tiny Little Big Dipper’

star diagram for wcco website for oct 27th Tiny Little Big Dipper

(credit: CBS)

Check out the Pleiades star cluster in the eastern evening skies this weekend. By 9 p.m. it’s up in low eastern sky.

It’s looks like a tiny little Big Dipper. It’s a group of young stars about 100 million years old about 410 light years away.

Many middle age European cultures saw the Pleiades as a place recently departed souls rested on their way to heaven. On Halloween every year, it was believed they made the rest of the journey to Heaven.

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