The eye of the Ariki


Ariki means high chief or ruler in Māori and Mata means eye. From the southern hemisphere, as they rise on the eastern horizon, the Pleiades can resemble an eye.

In this simulation, made with Sky Safari 6 Pro, you can see the star cluster as it appears in the morning sky towards the end of June, as observed from Wellington, Aotearoa. 

Did you know?


When a celestial object, which has been absent from the sky for less than a year, rises and is visible just briefly before sunrise, the phenomenon is called heliacal rising. For instance, the heliacal rising of the Pleiades heralded the start of the Ancient Greek sailing season. Heliacal rising occurs annually, and the name comes from ”Helios’, which is the ancient Greek name for the Sun.

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