Star Clusters

As the holidays approach, the days shorten, bringing with them our glorious Western Slope night skies. Joining us to celebrate the season is a brilliant cluster of stars, called the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. Rising on our eastern horizon, the Pleiades first appears as a cloud-like thumbprint. As your eyes adapt to the darkness, you’ll be able to pick out point-like stars, as many as six or seven. Throughout history, different observers have used their own discretion with naming the cluster....