14-1-20 12am Observation (Pleiades/M45) [Obs #2]

This is my second official observation for the purpose of working on observation programs for the Astronomical League.

This post covers the Pleiades, an open star cluster that is part of the Universe Sampler Program and the Binocular Messier Program of the AL.

Below is a scan of the sheet I used for the observation of the Pleiades.  It is inverted in order to better bring out the sketches.

Observation sheet for the Pleiades (M45)
Observation sheet for the Pleiades (M45)

The Pleiades, also known as the “Seven Sisters,” is part of Messier’s catalog of deep space objects.  It is also famous for being the easiest cluster to see with the naked eye.  I am partial to it because my favorite car ever was a Subaru, and the logo is based on the Pleiades (which is called “Subaru” in Japan).

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Subaru_logo.svg#filelinks

Here is a link to an Wikipedia article about the Pleiades.  There is also information about the Pleiades’ many cultural references.

Finally, here are some Pleiades-related photos from this observation.  Click on them to see them more fully.

Taken on the night of the observation.  Star trailing is evident.
Taken on the night of the observation. Star trailing is evident.

Here is a stock image that is of better quality and shows some nebulosity.

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Pleiades, or “Seven Sisters”. Taken from Creative Commons licensed material. Photo from Jim Keller (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimkster/). Rotated clockwise once.
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