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Messier Objects

M1 is the Crab Nebula, the nebulous remnant of a supernova explosion witnessed on Earth in 1054. A small telescope is needed to see it. M45 is more usually called the Pleiades. This open cluster of young stars can be seen clearly with the naked eye.

Other Deep Sky Objects

This constellation is home to another famous open cluster, the Hyades. Much closer to us than the Pleiades, the Hyades form the "V" shape of the bull's head.

Stars With (Un)Common Names

Aldebaran is a first magnitude star and although it appears in the sky to be a member of the Hyades, it is unrelated to the cluster.
Elnath was once also identified as gamma Aurigae.
Alcyone is the brightest member of the Pleiades.

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