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Re: VMs: Pleiades

In a message dated 5/12/2004 3:33:14 AM Eastern Standard Time, JGrove@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

It seems to be generally accepted as fact that the 'doaro' cluster of stars on f68r3 represents the Pleides, but I wonder why this assumption is made. True, there are 7 stars in the picture and classically there were 7 Pleaides, but the arrangement of the stars in the picture doesn't really correspond with the true appearance of the stars in the cluster. In fact visually there are usually more than 7 visible unless light pollution is a problem - and I assume it was not at the time the VMS was written.

Or it could also represent Ursa Minor.  That also has 7 stars....