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Mythology: According to the story, the Pleides were seven beautiful girls who were wondering in the woods when they were spied by Orion, who was the mighty and fearless hunter, but who had the usual human emotions. As soon as he saw the girls he gave chase, with intentions which were clearly anything but honourable. The Pleiades fled; Orion thundered after them; from Olympus, the king of the Gods, Zeus (better know to us as Jupiter)intervened, saving the maidens’ virginity by transforming them into stars and placing them in the sky. Atlas is the only Pleiad with a male name, he was apparently the husband of Pleione and father of the sisters.
Some of the major objects in the constellation are: Asterope, Pleione, Atlas, Alcyone, Merope, Maia, Electra, Celaeno, and Taygete. Atlas, Electra, Merope, Maia, Taygete, and Pleione are visible with the naked eye. Thought Pleione lies close to the brighter Atlas and the two are not always easy to separate. Celaeno and Asterope, which are on the fringe of naked eye vision.
These are the magnitudes of the leading members:
Photographs show beautiful extended nebulosity, brights in the region round Merope. The Pleiados nebula is not easy to see with the naked-eye end of a telescope, though rather surprisingly it was discovered as long ago as 1859 by the German Astronomer, W. Tempel, with a refractor of only 4 inches aperture.
Location of Pleiades: You can find Pleiades following up the line of the Belt Stars until you come to the bright-orange-red-Aldeba ran, in Tauros. Continue the line, curving it somewhat, and you will reach the Pleiades.
Pleaides location in the sky would be about 55 above the south point on the horizon.
And you can find this constellation overhead in the sky.
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