Fletcher Photos - The Pleiades Star Cluster M45
"The Pleiades Star Cluster"

Tri-color on Technical Pan film - 8" f/4.5 Newtonian telescope

photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher

- This open star cluster is the well known "Seven Sisters" of ancient legends. It is a young group, about 50 million years old, and blue halos of reflection nebulae still surround the stars. Notice the unusual "wind-blown" appearance of this nebulosity.

Alcyone, the cluster's brightest star, is nearly 1000 times brighter than our Sun -

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