Pleiades in 3-D!!!
March 2, 2007 12:04 AM Subscribe
Astronomy-n00b question: Let's say I wanted to make a somewhat accurate 3D model of the major visible stars of the Pleiades cluster (say for, oh, i dunno.. an art project?). How would I go about acquiring the appropriate data?
posted by Gankmore to science & nature (6 answers total)
I've gathered that there is a data set collected by the Hipparcos(?) sattelite which contains accurate data on the positions of 441 stars in said cluster, I've accessed it through the VisieR search page:
it seems to contain data points that might be relevant: right ascension and declination, I have yet to look those terms up but I imagine they tell me the stars position in the night sky. Good start, but then how would i determine the distance of each star from earth, the necessary third dimension? Also: how do I match up each star with it's common name (to separate out the major stars from the supporting cast) and is there a measurement of brightness? magnitude? mass?
help me hive mind!