Seven Sisters





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Uploaded on Sep 8, 2010

In mythology, the Pleiades were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. In the universe, they are a group of seven very bright stars - surrounded by about a thousand groupies - in the constellation Taurus. The bright stars in descending order of apparent (and since they are all at approximately the same distance, absolute) magnitude are Alcyone, Calaeno, Taygete, Maia, Electra, Merope and Asterope (or Sterope, depends on who you ask on that last one). You actually have to pass through part of TWO other clusters to get there from here - the Ursa Major/Eridanus Star Stream which schlepps across the sky at about 40-60 ly distance and the Hyades, much further out at roughly 150 ly. The Pleiades, in comparison are about 440 ly away.

For me, the music is about seven sisters who as daughters of two Titans pretty much had the sweet life - until the Gods (Zeus, et all) overthrew them and all sorts of not-goodness happened.

So parts are sweet, parts are soaring...and parts are quite mournful.

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