Behold: M45 aka the ‘Seven Sisters’ aka the Pleiades Star Cluster, looking dustier than most people have ever seen it. To wit:

 Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades star cluster becomes very evident. The featured exposure took over 12 hours and covers a sky area several times the size of the full moon. It lies about 400 light years away toward the constellation of the Bull (Taurus). A common legend with a modern twist is that one of the brighter stars faded since the cluster was named, leaving only six stars visible to the unaided eye. The actual number of Pleiades stars visible, however, may be more or less than seven, depending on the darkness of the surrounding sky and the clarity of the observer’s eyesight.

(Image: Marco Lorenzi (Glittering Lights)

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1 thought on “Dusty Cluster

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Beautiful!
    It was once my plan, when I got my telescope, to look at all the Messier objects in the sky. I cannot recall how many I looked at – need to find that notebook – but this was always a beautiful sight, and each time I saw something more. Never in this detail, of course, but still.

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