This icy-blue star cluster has been one that I have loved since I was a child. The Pleiades cluster forms a V-shaped pattern in the constellation of Taurus the bull where the face is. After careful examination on a moonless night, most people can see 6 or 7 stars in this cluster. One of the stars is unusual and tends to change its level of brightness.

This constellation is named after the mythological maidens who were pursued for seven years by Orion until Zeus answered their prayers for delivery, transformed them into birds, and placed them among the stars.

This star cluster is truly a magnificent wonder of nature. It has inspired great artwork such as the painting done by French artist, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), The Lost Pleiades and has always been of great help to people who sailed the Mediterraneian Sea and used the stars for navigation.