The Cosmic Crown Jewel is the nickname of the constellations. The Pleiades are the cosmic crown jewels. This one constellation shines magnificently in the middle of the outer sky.
Interestingly, this one constellation is one of the closest to Earth. Its close distance makes it easy for anyone to see.
However, there are certain times that are best for viewing the Pleiades without using a telescope.
Beautiful appearance of cosmic crown jewel
There are many very bright stars around the earth. Some stars come together relatively close together to form clusters or groups.
One of the most famous star groups is the Pleiades. Being one of the closest constellations to Earth, it is often referred to as the Crown Jewels.
According to current estimates, the Pleiades are 100 million years old. This open cluster contains at least more than 500 stars.
Currently the stars in the Pleiades can merge due to gravity. However, scientists predict that the Pleiades cluster will collapse within the next 250 million years.
Viewing without a telescope
The Pleiades are located about 400 light-years from Earth. This distance is very close compared to other constellations.
At night, the Pleiades lie between the constellation Taurus. Therefore, more than 14 stars can be seen if there is no air pollution.
Among the many stars, there are 7 brown dwarfs, which are actually failed stars. These brown dwarfs have a mass small enough to initiate nuclear fusion.
Then they glow in infrared light, but emit very little “normal” light. These stars are visible when you are in the south of France or in the city of Amsterdam.
The Pleiades are usually best seen between October and April, but November is the best time. In November, this cosmic crown jewel can be seen all night long.
The Pleiades in every culture
In fact, this constellation is already very famous. The name Pleiades comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “sailing”, because it was first seen during the sailing season.
In ancient Greece, the Pleiades were named after the seven sons of Titan, Atlas and Pleon. However, the name of the Pleiades is different in each culture.
In tribal legend, this star is known as “Yungarmura Water Maidens”. Meanwhile, in Indonesia it is known as Lintang Waluh or Lintang Kartika which means “star of stars”.
In India, the Pleiades cluster is known as “Kritika”. Japan also has another name, “Subaru”, which means the stars converge.
The Pleiades can easily be seen as cosmic crown jewels in the French and Amsterdam regions. However, you still need to use a telescope to see more detail. (R10/HR-Online)
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