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The Pleiades like you've never seen them before

22 Nov 2019, 14:00 UTC
The Pleiades like you've never seen them before Adam Block /Steward Observatory/University of Arizona

The other night I was getting ready for bed and walked over to close the shade on a window that faces east. And there, rising over the horizon, was the magnificence that is Orion, its seven bright and iconic stars able to pierce through the backlighting in the glass.

I could also see a few other canonically winter stars (sorry southern hemisphereans) like Procyon, Sirius, and Aldebaran.

And there in the sky, higher up, was a small knot of stars that I could barely see. But that’s only because of all the light I was immersed in; had I been outside, or even better at a dark site, I would've been able to see them much more clearly: The Pleaides.

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