Mars, always visible in the evening in the terrestrial sky, visits the magnificent cluster of stars of the Pleiades, one of the jewels of the winter sky these days.
Tonight and until March 9, you can admire the beautiful and sparklingIn the company of Mars. a , Or the synergy of planets, when we last consider that the red planets and the seven sisters (the name given by the Greeks, in reference to mythology) were so extraordinary, so close, that it was at the end of XXI century.
Of course, this “coming together” is only visible, because the two celestial objects are actually far away from each other.Actually only 12 light minutes is a distant neighbor … so we only see him with a delay of 12 minutes, while (Designation of In Messier’s List), it is about four and a half centuries old!
Mars and Pleidae: two very different celestial bodies
Think of them tonight, high in the sky between South and East, on the shoulder of Taurus, that itD ‘ The stars have a periodic nursery (nicknamed “Chick”), all of whom were born more or less at the same time – on a cosmic scale – and at the same time Of And dust (of which there are still some traces visible) a few million years ago. They are like children And they also have . Also, in comparison, Mars looks yellow: the Is actually twice as small as Earth …, that’s to say how ridiculous it would be next to some of these stellar monsters. Mars is small, yes, but attractive!
Aldebaran does not shine, far from the Mars-Pleiades meetingAngry red of Taurus. This double variable star is almost the same That Mars is currently red. You can almost confuse them, but Mars does not shine as opposed to “glow” – “rival of Mars” is a translation of the name of the red star. – which illuminates the cluster (From the Pleiades sisters), whose “V” figure pulls Taurus’ head into the sky.