Electra or the Lost Pleiad ~ wood engraving ~ 1849
The Pleiad Electra /ɨˈlɛktrə/ of Greek mythology was one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Electra was the wife of Corythus. She was raped by Zeus and gave birth to Dardanus. According to one legend, she was the lost Pleiad, disappearing in grief after the destruction of Troy. She was called Atlantis by Ovid, personifying the family of Pleiades. Electra means “amber,” “shining,” and “bright.”
Dardanus became the founder of Troy and the ancestor of Priam and his house. Dardanus is the namesake of the straight between the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea known as the Dardanelles.
The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136 (formally known as RMC 136), is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in our galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus. The image, taken in ultraviolet, visible, and red light by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, spans about 100 light-years.