The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is an open star cluster containing relatively young hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster, but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium that the stars are currently passing through. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood.
Equipment: Exposure details: Location:
Telescope: FSQ106N
Mount: EQ6
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M
Filters: SBIG LRGB
Luminance: 9x20min
Red: 6x5min
Green: 6x5min
Blue: 10x5min
Rachia, Veroia, Greece
N 40o29'00.0" - E 22o12'55.0"
8 October 2008
Image details:
Acquisition: MaxImDL Reduction/stacking: MaxImDL RGB weights: G2V Star
RGB combine: MaxImDL LRGB creation: Photoshop CS3
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