Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tonight's Sky for November 8: Moon Splits the Clusters


Tonight, the Moon serves a handy finder tool to help those unfamiliar with the sky locate two of the nearest to Earth star clusters. To see the sight, go out and find the Moon. Luna found, look above for a hazy patch of sky that is, in fact, a star cluster known as the Pleiades. Also known as the Seven Sisters for 7 prominent stars, see how many you can distinguish. As for the haze, that's caused by stars that are, as individuals, too small and faint to resolve without optical aid, which turns the cluster into one of the sky's most spectacular sights. Below the Moon, look for a sideways 'V'' of stars, which is the Hyades star cluster. Highlighted by bright orange Aldebaran, the Hyades re[present the head of Taurus the Bull. While much looser than the Pleiades, low power optical aid does much to enhance the sight. 

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