Christmas Advent Calendar – 17/12/14

While I am talking about astrophotography, I should also talk about the Pleiades.

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The Pleiades

Previously when I looked into the skies, I had noticed on many occasions a fairly bright cluster of stars but I had been oblivious to what it was. It was only while trying out the Astrotrac TT320X for astrophotography that I managed to shoot this subject and learn more about it.

It is called Pleiades or Seven sisters (M45), and is the most obvious star cluster visible to the naked eye at night. It is even mentioned specifically by name three times in the Bible (Job 9:9, Job 38:31 and Amos 5:8).