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Today's Picture: June 20, 1995
The Pleiades Star Cluster
Picture Credit: Mount Wilson Observatory
The Pleiades star cluster, M45, is one of the brightest star clusters visible
in the northern hemisphere. It consists of many bright, hot stars
that were all formed at the same time within a large cloud of interstellar
dust and gas. The blue haze that accompanies them is due to
very fine dust which still remains and preferentially
reflects the blue light from the stars.
The aftermath of SN1987A
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