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M45 - The Pleiades in Taurus
Probably the most famous star cluster in the sky, the Pleiades are one of the brightest and most beautiful open star clusters. At a distance of 400 light years the Pleiades are relatively close to us. The blue hue surrounding the brightest stars of this cluster comprising of about 3,000 stars is caused by nebulosity which is thought to originate from inter-stellar dust in a molecular cloud situated in our line of view.

The Pleiades also carry the name "Seven Sisters"; according to Greek mythology, seven daughters and their parents. The Japanese name is "Subaru", which was taken to christen the car manufacturer by the same name (whose logo depicts the stars of the Pleiades).

M45 Pleiades - (c) Solar Worlds

Here is another image taken nearly two years earlier:

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M45 Pleiades - Solar Worlds

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