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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (September 21, 2011)

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  • mahtezcatpoc
    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110921.html Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it like this: all dusty.
    Message 1 of 379 , Sep 22, 2011
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      "Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it like this: all dusty. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades star cluster becomes very evident. The above exposure took about 30 hours and covers a sky area several times the size of the full moon. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades lies about 400 light years away toward the constellation of the Bull (Taurus). A common legend with a modern twist is that one of the brighter stars faded since the cluster was named, leaving only six stars visible to the unaided eye. The actual number of Pleiades stars visible, however, may be more or less than seven, depending on the darkness of the surrounding sky and the clarity of the observer's eyesight."


      Mark A. Holmes
    • mahtezcatpoc
      http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap111126.html IC 5067, the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus. Mark A. Holmes
      Message 379 of 379 , Dec 1, 2011
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        IC 5067, the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus.


        Mark A. Holmes
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