Why Are There Seven Sisters?

  title={Why Are There Seven Sisters?},
  author={Ray P. Norris and Barnaby R. M. Norris},
  journal={Historical \& Cultural Astronomy},
There are two puzzles surrounding the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. First, why are the mythological stories surrounding them, typically involving seven young girls being chased by a man associated with the constellation Orion, so similar in vastly separated cultures, such as the Australian Aboriginal cultures and Greek mythology? Second, why do most cultures call them “Seven Sisters" even though most people with good eyesight see only six stars? Here we show that both these puzzles may be… 



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    Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
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    Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
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