Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Seven Sisters


My favorite constellation is in the news — Pleiades setting through Sappho’s eyes. "Sappho," the article reports, "a reknowned poet from the Greek isle of Lesbos, wrote a poem over 2,500 years ago describing the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. Scientists have now use astronomical software to determine the time of year of her viewing that cluster, which is a popular object for viewing even today." Here's the poem:
    The moon has set,
    and the Pleiades;
    it is midnight,
    the time is going by,
    and I sleep alone.

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