Lahinch Co. Clare
The Pleiades, a star cluster also known as the Seven Sisters are 450 light years away. The blue colour is from light scattering through a cloud of gas, the streaks in the clouds are caused by the gas particles which have been aligned by the magnetic fields between the stars. They have been used as a calendar for different civilisations - the Greek name Pleiades comes from the name 'to sail' as the sight of the cluster before sunrise signalled sailing season. The Zuni of New Mexico call the Pleiades the “Seed Stars,” because the cluster’s disappearance in the evening sky each spring signals the seed planting season. The Druids knew it was Halloween when the Pleiades reached the highest point in the sky at midnight.
Taken with my 7 inch telescope from County Clare.
I am from Lahinch in County Clare and have been visiting the ancient sites of Ireland since 2015. I am very interested how the doorway of stone circles always seem to be purposefully pointed at the sunrise or sunset at key times of the year. This suggests that the people who built these forts thousands of years ago had a deep understanding of astronomy and were more advanced than we give them credit for.
I also film and edit music videos, see below for my latest work -
The Rolling Sun over Croagh Patrick on my youtube channel :