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2009-04-26 14:40:00

On Sunday evening, April 26, the crescent Moon, Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster will gather for a three-way conjunction in the western sky. It's a must-see event. The show begins before the sky fades to black. The Moon pops out of the twilight first, an exquisitely slender 5% crescent surrounded by cobalt blue. The horns of the crescent cradle a softly-glowing image of the full Moon. That is Earthshine"”dark lunar terrain illuminated by sunlight reflected from Earth. If the show...

2008-12-08 08:30:00

ANGLETON, Texas, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced today that, through a strategic alliance with Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) (Nasdaq: SGIC), it helped create the computer system for which NASA achieved the ranking of third fastest supercomputer in the world. NASA's new Pleiades system is a 51,200-core SGI(R) Altix(R) ICE 8200EX system from SGI and is capable of generating a theoretical peak...

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2008-04-05 17:05:00

The date was March 8th, less than a month ago. In a remote corner of Kansas, the sun was going down and the deepening twilight beckoned to photographer Doug Zubenel driving through the countryside. Something photogenic, he knew, was about to happen. He turned his car onto an unfamiliar dirt road and proceeded into the sunset. "The brilliant sun did not allow me to see the cement railings on a bridge over a small creek. The next thing I knew, I had totaled my car!" Zubenel emerged from the...

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2007-04-12 16:33:04

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil. The view is quite different from what you might see if you look out to the west shortly after dusk. Right now, the famous family of stars is "stepping out" in the evening skies with a very bright and dazzling Venus. During the period from around April 10 to 13, the Pleiades...

2007-04-11 16:00:00

Venus Express, Europe's first mission to Venus, has now successfully orbited our closest neighbour 355 times during the past year. Coincidentally on its first anniversary on 11 April, Venus and the constellation Pleiades are very close in the sky, for your viewing pleasure. The celestial spectacle is clearly visible with the naked eye "“ provided that there are no clouds to cover it. Venus and Pleiades can be seen drawing closer together in the western sky; after sunset and before...

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2005-01-07 07:50:00

On Friday night, January 7th, Comet Machholz visits the Pleiades. Science@NASA -- A cloud of gas bigger than the planet Jupiter, glowing alien green, is about to sweep past the Seven Sisters in Taurus. Got binoculars? You can watch it happen. Step outside on Friday night, January 7th, between 9 and 10 o'clock, and face south. There's Orion the Hunter locked in combat with Taurus the Bull. The star patterns are unmistakable. Just above them hovers a delicate little dipper -- the Seven...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Orion (the hunter) Constellation -- Location: Celestial Equator (visible in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres); Coordinates: Right Ascension: 05h; Declination: -05; Source: Greek mythology, Arab, ancient Indian & Egyptian The pattern in the constellation Orion was recognized as a human figure by many ancient cultures. Orion's position on the Celestial Equator makes it visible all over our planet. Ancient Indians saw the figure as a king who had been shot by an arrow (represented by...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Star Cluster -- Star clusters are physically bound systems of stars. In order of low compactness to high compactness (and in some sense also age) they range from stellar associations to open clusters to globular clusters. Star clusters are held together by the gravitation of their members. Due to both external (encounters with massive objects, influence of the host galaxy) and internal (encounters with other cluster members, stellar evolution) influences, clusters slowly evaporate. Their...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Open Cluster -- An open cluster is a group of star formed from a molecular cloud, the illuminated parts of which we see as one or more nebulae. They are also called galactic clusters since they exist within the galaxy. All the stars in an open cluster have more or less the same age and the same chemical composition, so any difference between them is solely due to their mass. Most open clusters are dominated by their O-type and B-type giant blue stars, which are very luminous but...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Pleiades -- in astronomy, in astronomy, famous open star cluster in the constellation Taurus; cataloged as M45. The cluster consists of some 500 stars, has a diameter of 35 light-years, and is 400 light- years distant from the earth. Six stars are easily visible to the naked eyeAlcyone (the brightest), Electra, Celaeno, Sterope, Maia, and Taygete. Known as the Seven Sisters, this group was named by the Greeks for the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione; the seventh Pleiad was,...

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