By Dave Fuller on 12/9/2013 9:25 PM
Ally's Braid graphicThe Pleiades are a well-known, and young, open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. A mere 100 million or so years old, the brightest ones are hot, blue-white B-class stars. But as many of the stars get dimmer from our perspective, they also get somewhat whiter, and smaller too. A and F class stars are also here. 

The Pleiades' shape is sometimes mistaken for "The Little Dipper," which is actually recognized to be Ursa Minor in the northern sky. The Pleiades rises in the eastern sky in late autumn, but the mistake is easy to make. The fact is, this small grouping of stars is easier to make out as many of the true "Little Dipper" stars are fainter causing that asterism's...

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