One of the most prominent and famous open clusters in the entire sky. The Pleiades
is a rich and nebulous cluster of stars about four hundred light years from the Solar
Though the sky immediately around the Pleiades contains no
bright stars, the cluster is
easy to locate. It lies directly to the northwest of the V-shaped Hyades, the 'face' of
Taurus the Bull.
The constellation of Taurus lies in the direction of our Galaxy's rim. All the objects it contains, including the Pleiades, are further from the Galaxy's core than our own Solar System.
Inside the cluster: A view from Alcyone of several of its fellow stars within the Pleiades. From bottom left to top right: Atlas, Pleione, Asterope, Taygeta and Electra.
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