The Pleiades is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus and has been an object of fascination throughout human history.

This lecture starts with a historical overview of the oldest known representations of this glistening cluster of young stars. It goes on to discuss some of the better known myths and legends associated with the group. Drawing on scientific papers, the lecture then lays out some of our current knowledge about the Pleiades including their evolution, properties and the possible fate of this most beautiful open cluster.

The lecture can be adapted to suit any age group and audience knowledge base. It’s particularly well suited to astronomical societies because, let’s face it, the Pleiades cluster is one of the best known sights in the night sky and is met with glee when first seen rising in the east at the start of the northern hemisphere’s autumn observing season.

The talk lasts about an hour, followed by an optional question and answer session. To find out more, or to discuss availability, drop us an email or give us a ring on 01424 420968.

For costs and booking info, see the main Talks page.