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Optical image of the Hyades open star cluster

Optical image of the Hyades open star cluster

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PEKKA PARVIAINEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PEKKA PARVIAINEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Hyades cluster and Aldebaran. Optical image of the Hyades open star cluster and the bright red giant star Aldebaran. The Hyades forms the shape of a large "V" on its side at upper left. It is one of the nearest open clusters to Earth, lying about 130 light years away. The stars are believed to be around 400 million years old, which is quite young in stellar terms. The bright orange star Aldebaran is not part of the cluster. It lies 68 light years away. The Hyades and Aldebaran lie in the zodiacal constellation of Taurus, the Bull. The starburst around the brighter stars is an effect of the lens used to take the photograph. North is at top.

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