“Gateway to the Stars” Jan 4 – The Seven Sisters!

Be sure and join us Saturday, January 4 at 6:45 pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre for one the most popular topics of the year: The Pleiades Star Cluster (popularly known as “The Seven Sisters“). This little group of stars is starting higher in the eastern sky in the early evenings, which makes it prime for viewing. In fact, the Pleiades are so prominent that they can be seen with the unaided eye, another reason why so many people recognize it. It’s also one of the most beautiful sites you can see in binoculars because they are so large and bright in the sky. In reality, this cluster has hundreds of members when viewed through a telescope.

The Pleiades Star Cluster

The Pleiades Star Cluster

The other characteristic that makes the Pleiades so well known is its sky lore! This little cluster of stars has more stories connected to it than probably any other object in the sky. The “Seven Sisters” reference usually comes from Greek mythology, but it has been mentioned by many other cultures around the world, including the Native Americans. One of my favorites comes from the Chippewa People called “The Seven Dancing Brothers,” which I will present during the show.

Even though this may be the darkest and coldest time of the year, it’s also time to celebrate some of most beautiful constellations and deep sky sights. We’ll show you how to find them quickly and comfortably, with a special focus on binocular astronomy. Star clusters, galaxies, and nebulas (including the famous Orion Nebula) are gracing the evening sky. Come and see what’s so special about the January night skies!

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