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Pleiades Constellation...

This is an ultraviolet image of Pleiades, a cluster of young stars in the constellation Taurus, visible during fall and winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The 10-degree-by-10-degree image was taken with a wide-field ultraviolet camera on board a recently launched satellite called the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX). Seen as a tiny dipper of stars with the naked eye, the Pleiades contains about 120 stars that all formed at the same time, about 50 million years ago. The cluster (also called the Seven Sisters) spans 2 degrees of the sky in a region 7 light years in diameter and 400 light years from Earth.

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