Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Maia nebula  ·  Merope nebula  ·  NGC 1432  ·  NGC 1435  ·  The star 18Tau  ·  The star Atlas (27Tau)  ·  The star Celaeno (16Tau)  ·  The star Electra (17Tau)  ·  The star Merope (23Tau)  ·  The star Pleione (28Tau)  ·  The star Sterope I (21Tau)  ·  The star Taygeta (19Tau)  ·  The star ηTau
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV80ST

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi

Mounts: CGEM

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron 50mm Spotting Scope

Software: PHD guiding  ·  PixInsight  ·  Nebulosity


Dates:Oct. 17, 2009

Frames: 12x10" bin 1x1

Integration: 0.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 28.77 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.66%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 144078

RA center: 3h 47' 35"

DEC center: +24° 17' 52"

Pixel scale: 4.702 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 85.536 degrees

Field radius: 1.479 degrees


Resolution: 1920x1200

Locations: Eldorado, None

Description

This open star cluster is possibly the most famous in our history. It is clearly visible to the naked eye and every known civilization has mentioned it in the most ancient of texts. Lord Alfred Tennyson once wrote, "Many a night I saw the Pleiades, rising thro' the mellow shade, / Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid."

The stars you see in this photo are very young (less than 100 million years old). The blue nebulosity present around the cluster is actually unrelated. It is pure coincidence that this cluster is passing through a dust cloud. The blue mist is simply light from the dust reflected by nearby stars.

This cluster lies about 440 light years distant and its core is about 8 light years across. Most astronomers believe this cluster will disperse in about the next 250 million years.

The light you are looking at left this cluster during the time Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini were painting the Sistine Chapel.

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