The Pleiades cluster lies at a distance of about 375 light years and is around 100 million years old. This is very young as far as star ages are concerned. Our Earth is much older, with an estimated age of 4 500 million years. The Pleiades belongs to the zodiacal constellation Taurus. It contains a large amount of dust and several hundred stars, of which only 6 or 7 are visible to the naked eye.
In Greek mythology, the Pleiades were 7 sisters (Alcyone, Maia, Electra, Merope, Taygete, Celaeno, and Sterope), daughters of Atlas and Pleione. The great hunter Orion was in love with the young women and pursued them for many years. Zeus eventually converted them into doves to help them escape, and they flew into the sky forming a cluster of stars.
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