Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pleiades Star Cluster

Glittering like jewels in the night sky, the Pleiades is a cluster of new stars over 4000 light years from Earth. Though only a few are visible to us, the cluster contains hundreds of stars. The bluish glow that seems to surround the stars is a cloud of interstellar gas and dust, which scatters blue light from the stars. Different people have called the cluster “Seven Sisters”, “Bunch of Grapes”, and “Sailing Stars.”

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