Matariki ~ A Unique Holiday for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

by Esther Iranyi June 26, 2022

matariki New Zealand the Pleiades glow in the dark mural

The Pleiades is the most well known star cluster in the sky. You can find the blue cluster in the constellation of Taurus, it is visible from all around the world. 

The Pleiades cluster is surrounded by a wispy reflection nebulae. These passing celestial clouds consist of interstellar dust, which reflect and scatter the bluish-white light emitted by the stars. 

The seven main young blue stars are often attached to myths depicting them as sisters. 

Our newest holiday in Aotearoa, New Zealand is the midwinter Matariki as the rising of the Pleiades just before dawn marks the Maori New Year.

Esther Iranyi
Esther Iranyi


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