Hyades and Pleiades star clusters

Hyades and Pleiades star clusters

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Caption: Hyades and Pleiades star clusters in the constellation Taurus. The Hyades form a V-shape at lower centre. This cluster contains over 200 stars, several of which are visible to the naked eye. The brightest, seen at the lowest tip of the cluster, is Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri). This star does not actually belong to the Hyades, lying around half the distance from Earth at around 60 light years. The Pleiades cluster (white, upper centre) is young in astronomical terms, around 100 million years old. The cluster lies 380 light years away, and is thought to contain over 500 stars. Also seen are the planets Jupiter (pink, left of the Hyades) and Saturn (centre right).

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Keywords: aldebaran, alpha tauri, astronomical, astronomy, clusters, constellation, cosmology, hyades, jupiter, night sky, planets, pleiades, saturn, science, star cluster, stars, stellar, taurus

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