Seven Sisters Picture

The Pleiades - also known as the Seven Sisters - is one of the closest and brightest star clusters to the Sun. This gorgeous swarm of 3-500 stars is crashing through clouds of thick dust and gas that scatter the blue light of its brightest stars like headlights in fog. Someone with good vision and dark skies can see seven - or sometimes more - stars in a small dipper shaped group on fall and winter nights.

In Greek Mythology, the Seven Sisters were cast into heaven by Zeus to escape the clutches of the lustful hunter Orion, who is still locked in combat the bull (Taurus) which is guarding them.

90 minutes total exposure time. Equipment: Losmandy G11-G, Takahashi Epsilon 130, SBIG ST-4000 XCM.
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