Star Clusters

What are some interesting myths behind the Pleiades?

On the other side of the globe, there is an Australian aboriginal folktale about the Pleiades that portrays the stars as a group of women being chased by a man named Kulu. Two lizard men, together known as Wati-kutjara, came to the rescue of the women. They threw their boomerangs at Kulu and killed him. The blood drained from Kulu’s face, and he turned white and rose up into the sky to become the Moon. The lizard men became the constellation Gemini, and the women turned into the Pleiades.


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