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From the Bateson Observatory

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Dr. Bateson's photo of the Pleiades Asterism ~ Click for a larger picture


Dr. Bateson sends us this gorgeous photo he took from his observatory southwest of Susanville. The ten minute, electronically guided exposure, shows the Pleiades asterism – a bright star cluster around 135 parsecs from Earth.

The blue glow is called ‘nebulosity’ and in this case is caused, not by the cluster, but by an unrelated cosmic dust cloud that the stars are passing through.

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