Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Planets, Expanded: The Pleiades

I always planned to expand my Planets series. It is one of my favorite bits of nail art that I have ever done, and I am very proud of it. But reality gets in the way of our best-laid plans...and I never managed to get on with the planned expansion. Until now. I am cranking the series back up, and I am starting with a constellation! 

The Planets, Expanded: The Pleiades

(promotional samples ahead)

I am a huge nerd. I admit it, happily. Space has fascinated me since I was a kid...hell, it is 3/4 the reason I fell in love with Star Trek. Anytime I can combine my love of spacey things and nail art I am a happy camper.

The Planets, Expanded: The Pleiades

Colors Used
CrowsToes Nail Color Darkhearted
China Glaze White on White
Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Glitter Slayer
CrowsToes Nail Color Soulless

found on pinterest
The Planets, Expanded: The Pleiades

The Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters, were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. After the Titans fell and Atlas was forced to carry the earth, Orion chased the lot of them. In an uncharacteristically compassionate move, Zeus transformed them into stars to comfort their father. 

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The constellation is one of the nearest to us, though from my light research no one can seem to agree on exactly how close, though 400 light years is right around the least-argued distance. 

It is one of the most commonly observed constellations in the night sky. Almost every culture has its own name and mythology for it. It is mentioned in almost every major religion, including the Big Three monotheist disciplines. In "modern" western science, Galileo was the first to view it through a telescope, and his drawings actually show 36 stars. I didn't have enough fingers to draw 36 stars. 

The Pleiades by Marco Lorenzi
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The Planets, Expanded: The Pleiades

I really love how this one turned out. I think it is a great galaxy manicure even without the whole detailed recreation thing I tried to do. I definitely feel like I am getting the swing of this science-lite business! What do you think, am I going to far?



Want to learn a bit more? Check out these links, I found them very helpful!

23 comments:

  1. There is no such thing as going too far where Planets/Expanded is concerned!! I love this so much.

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  2. that is really cool! i love the explanation behind it!

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  3. This is gorgeous and I love your explanation!

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  4. I love this; it's absolutely gorgeous.

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  5. Love the design and the idea behind these!

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  6. Love, love, love!!! And that macro!!! Perfection!!!

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  7. This is so so fabulous! I can't wait to see what else you do in this series!

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  8. Orion really had it out for those sisters

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  9. I remember this story from when I would teach about space. Your mani is spot on.

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  10. Love it... Space and this nail art :)

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  11. I agree with commenter boo up there! You can never go too far with science manicures! We get to see pretty nails, AND learn science. That's about as perfect as you can get!!

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  12. I agree with commenter boo up there! You can never go too far with science manicures! We get to see pretty nails, AND learn science. That's about as perfect as you can get!!

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  13. This is everything! I love space too. It's so mesmerizing and vast and overwhelming. This nail art is amazing!

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  14. I love this! I've always been fascinated by constellations.

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  15. What a crazy gorgeous mani! I love that you added in info on the constellation.

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  16. This is seriously amazing!

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  17. This is seriously amazing!

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  18. You're the coolest nerd that I know!

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  19. This is so awesome. I love that you've done this.

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  20. This is an awesome series! Great mani and great info!

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