APOD: Seven Sisters versus California (2022 Apr 05)

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APOD: Seven Sisters versus California (2022 Apr 05)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:05 am

Image Seven Sisters versus California

Explanation: On the upper right, dressed in blue, is the Pleiades. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades is one of the brightest and most easily visible open clusters on the sky. The Pleiades contains over 3,000 stars, is about 400 light years away, and only 13 light years across. Surrounding the stars is a spectacular blue reflection nebula made of fine dust. A common legend is that one of the brighter stars faded since the cluster was named. On the lower left, shining in red, is the California Nebula. Named for its shape, the California Nebula is much dimmer and hence harder to see than the Pleiades. Also known as NGC 1499, this mass of red glowing hydrogen gas is about 1,500 light years away. Although about 25 full moons could fit between them, the featured wide angle, deep field image composite has captured them both. A careful inspection of the deep image will also reveal the star forming region IC 348 and the molecular cloud LBN 777 (the Baby Eagle Nebula).

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Re: APOD: Seven Sisters versus California (2022 Apr 05)

Post by Ann » Tue Apr 05, 2022 7:19 am

I'm always very happy to see a beautiful image of the lovely Pleiades, and seeing them paired up with the California Nebula only adds to the pleasure.

So thanks.

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Re: APOD: Seven Sisters versus California (2022 Apr 05)

Post by orin stepanek » Tue Apr 05, 2022 11:47 am

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Today's APOD; very nice! If I had to choose; it would be the Pleiades!
However I do like the California Nebula! 8-)
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Another beautiful APOD photo!
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Love the Baby Eagle nebula! :D
Oh! Must not forget this adorable kitten!
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Re: APOD: Seven Sisters versus California (2022 Apr 05)

Post by E Fish » Tue Apr 05, 2022 1:45 pm

The Pleiades wins every time! It's my favorite star cluster. (But the California Nebula is also very lovely.)

One of my friends made me a picture because of how much I love it.
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Re: APOD: Seven Sisters versus California (2022 Apr 05)

Post by NCTom » Wed Apr 06, 2022 12:32 am

Beautiful picture. You have a very talented friend, E Fish