Optical photograph of the Pleiades star cluster

Optical photograph of the Pleiades star cluster

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Caption: Optical photograph of M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. The brighter stars of the cluster are embedded in a distinctive blue halo, caused by their starlight reflecting off dust particles in the cold gas around them. Only 400 light years from Earth, the Pleiades consists of some 300-500 stars, six or seven of which ("the seven sisters") are visible to the naked eye.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, m45, open, pleiades star cluster, science, star cluster, stars, stellar

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