APOD: Mars and the Star Clusters (2022 Dec 30)

Comments and questions about the APOD on the main view screen.
User avatar
APOD Robot
Otto Posterman
Posts: 5308
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:27 am

APOD: Mars and the Star Clusters (2022 Dec 30)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Dec 30, 2022 5:05 am

Image Mars and the Star Clusters

Explanation: At this year's end Mars still shines brightly in planet Earth's night as it wanders through the head-strong constellation Taurus. Its bright yellowish hue dominates this starry field of view that includes Taurus' alpha star Aldebaran and the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters. While red giant Aldebaran appears to anchor the V-shape of the Hyades at the left of the frame, Aldebaran is not a member of the Hyades star cluster. The Hyades cluster is 151 light-years away making it the nearest established open star cluster, but Aldebaran lies at less than half that distance, along the same line-of-sight. At the right, some 400 light-years distant is the open star cluster cataloged as Messier 45, also known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. In Greek myth, the Pleiades were daughters of the astronomical titan Atlas and sea-nymph Pleione.

<< Previous APOD This Day in APOD Next APOD >>

User avatar
Ann
4725 Å
Posts: 13297
Joined: Sat May 29, 2010 5:33 am

Re: APOD: Mars and the Star Clusters (2022 Dec 30)

Post by Ann » Fri Dec 30, 2022 5:46 am


That's a very nice image! :D Note how Mars, the Hyades and the Pleiades form a beautifully symmetrical triangle! :D

Ann
Color Commentator

User avatar
orin stepanek
Plutopian
Posts: 8200
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:41 pm
Location: Nebraska

Re: APOD: Mars and the Star Clusters (2022 Dec 30)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Dec 30, 2022 3:42 pm

mars_clusters1024.jpg
Beautiful Aldebaran; Mars; And The beautiful Blue Pleiades! What a
wonderful Threesome! :D 8-)
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Orin

Smile today; tomorrow's another day!