September 22, 2014

The Nurses in the Stars

I realized that, while I talked about the constellation of the Hyades, I didn't give any pictures. Well! Time to fix that!

Above you see the shape the seven Hyades make, which for the head of Taurus.

The brightest star in the Hyades is golden Aldebaran, at the left corner of the head (the horns are not part of the Hyades, just the smaller triangle), which can be found above the head of Orion, if you go looking for it.

The Hyades comprise an open star cluster, the closest such cluster to Earth, and so one of the best-studied. The center of the cluster is about 153 light years away. If you're minded to look up more technical data on them, they're catalogued as Melotte 25, or as Collinder 50.

Here they are, bright and clear and beautiful.

And here's a stellar panorama, with the Hyades, upside down, on the right, and their sisters the Pleiades on the left, in blue.