In astronomy, the Pleiades (/ˈplaɪ.ədiːz/ or /ˈpliː.ədiːz/), or or Seven Sisters (Messier 45 or M45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. The celestial entity has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.
- Δέδυκε μὲν ἀ σελάννα
καὶ Πληΐαδες, μέσαι δέ
νύκτες, πάρα δ' ἔρχετ' ὤρα,
ἔγω δὲ μόνα κατεύδω.
The Moon is set,
And the Pleiades.
Night's half gone,
I sleep alone now.
- Last night I saw the Pleiades again,
Faint as a drift of steam
From some tall chimney-stack;
- Arthur Adams, The Pleiades
- It behoveth you to seek agreement and to be united;
it behoveth you to be in close communion one with the other,
at one both in body and soul,
till ye match the Pleiades
or a string of lustrous pearls.
- 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá p. 85
- Pleiades callin' her home
Seven Sisters, she hears her distant Sisters.
- Jimmy Buffett, Banana Wind (1996)Desdemona's Building a Rocket Ship
- Our shells clacked on the plates.
My tongue was a filling estuary,
My palate hung with starlight:
As I tasted the salty Pleiades
Orion dipped his foot into the water.
- Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.
- Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
- He Pleiades are an extraordinarily beautiful and brilliant star cluster in the constellation of Taurus. I have a large picture of them hanging in my recording studio, and sometimes when I look at this picture, I am inspired to compose a certain kind of music, which is very different from the music I usually compose, and very different from anything I have ever heard before. This album is a collection of those pieces.;
- Gerald Jay Markoe, From the insert of the 1989 album Music From The Pleiades
- Though all I knew of the rote universe were those Pleiades, loosed in December,
I promised you I'd set them to verse, so I'd always remember
- Joanna Newsom, Ys (2006) Emily
- Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him
Are Plato and the swing of Pleiades?
- Edwin Markham, The Man With the Hoe (1898)