The Pleiades Star Cluster   M45    "The Seven Sisters"

Edmund 8" f/5 Newtonian  Kodak PJ 400  Single Exposure  80 Minutes IDAS Filter  December, 2002

Undoubtedly the most famous galactic star cluster in the heavens, it is easily visible to the naked eye and has been regarded with reverence since antiquity. Located in the constellation Taurus, it is about 410 light years distant. Many of it's 11 brightest stars are 10 times larger than the sun, and 1000 time more luminous.

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