Alcyone, the brightest of these, a star of the third magnitude, was considered by Madler the central point around which our universe is revolving, but there is no sufficient evidence of such motion. Only six pleiads are distinctly visible to the naked eye, whence the ancients supposed that a sister had concealed herself out of shame for having loved a mortal, Sisyphus.
Origin: L, fr. Gr.
(01 Mar 1998)
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