“Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro’ the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid.”
– from Locksley Hall by Lord Alfred Tennyson, Victorian poet
Each bright “Pleiad”, as they’re called, is named after a daughter of the Greek god Atlas, whose job it was to hold up the sky, and Pleione, a protectress of sailing. Say hi to Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope. Oh, and don’t forget the parents – they’re included too.
Take a look at this stellar treat the next night you’re out late. Enjoy the fact that you don’t have to freeze while doing so. Come November, when the Seven Sisters appear in the east as soon as it’s dark, you’ll need a warm coat and hat when you venture out for a look.