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The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters although there are more than seven prominent stars in the cluster) is a star cluster located in the Taurus constellation. It is a star cluster containing mostly type B stars, the most prominent are:

  • Alcyone
  • Electra
  • Atlas
  • Maia
  • Merope
  • Taygeta
  • Pleione
  • Celaeno
  • Sterope
  • Asterope
  • 18 Tauri

The Pleiades are a prominent sight in winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and are easily visible out to mid-Southern latitudes. They have been known since antiquity to cultures all around the world, including the Celts, Māori (who call them Matariki), Aboriginal Australians (from several traditions), the Persians, the Arabs (who called them Thurayya), the Chinese (who called them 昴 mǎo), the Quechua, the Japanese, the Maya, the Aztec, the Sioux and the Cherokee. In Hinduism, the Pleiades are known as Krittika and are associated with the war-god Kartikeya. They are also mentioned in the Bible in the verse Job 9:9.

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The Pleiades mentioned in the Bible (Job 9:9)