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Re: So Do You Suppose

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Posted by Michael Wright on November 20, 2000 15:28:32 UTC

No, galaxies and stars are very, very different. A galaxy is a grouping of up to 100 million stars. The Pleiades are stars, and, yes, they are completely independent of each other. Kinda hard to swallow? Well the vast majority of people fail to realize the distance between most stars, let alone the vast size of our universe.

The Pleiades are not a 'chain' of anything. They are just a group of stars only seen as a group because at this point in time, they look like they're in similar positions in our universe, even though they are not anywhere near each other. In fact, as our own solar system orbits the center of our galaxy, the positions of each and every object slowly changes and in the far future the Pleiades will no longer be anywhere near each other in our sky and in the far past they weren't.

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