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Eagle Creek Observatory
"Teaching young minds about the heavens"
The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
Psalm 19:1-2

M45 by John Steidler

"The Pleiades" - M45

This cluster, in the constellation of Taurus, is often mistaken for the Little Dipper, Ursa Minor. It lies at a distance of about 380 lightyears.
M45 was first mentioned by Hesiod between 1000 and 700 B.C and contains mostly very hot B-type stars.

This beautiful shot was taken by John using a Canon 10D at ISO 800, 20 shots at 30 seconds each. Processing in Images Plus available from MLUnsold Digital Imaging.
m45 by John Steidl, click for full size (248k)


Constellation images created using TheSky 5.0 Level IV
available from Bisque Software

Last Update 10/07/2003
2001-2003 Kevin Muenzler, Eagle Creek Observatory.
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