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Re: VMs: Pleiades

Hi everyone,

At 16:05 12/05/2004 -0400, Larry Roux wrote:
In any case, there are (by definition) only 7 Pleiades, and 7 alone. They are named after the 7 daughters of Atlas and Pleione.

Here's a good Pleiades mythology page:- http://www.ras.ucalgary.ca/~gibson/pleiades/pleiades_myth.html

Any other stars are in the Pleiades group, but not part of the constellation. The fact that there are 7 is no magical coincidence. They saw 7 stars and it fit the mythology. Or the Mythology was created because they saw 7 stars.

Or perhaps (like the Hyades) they just liked the number 7:- http://www.ras.ucalgary.ca/~gibson/pleiades/pleiades_see.html But my own guess is simply that people like the number seven -- it's a nice low prime number which, unlike two, three, and five, does not generally manifest itself conspicuously in nature. As a result it seems "mystical'', and people feel compelled to seek it out, say, in the number of visible planets (five) plus the sun and moon, or in the artificial construct of a seven-day week. The Hyades too were supposed to be seven in number, an abstraction which is even less plausible to the eye than that for the Pleiades. So much for numerology.


Cheers, .....Nick Pelling....

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