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Title: The Pleiades

Source: NASA

Information: M45, The Pleiades cluster, in the constellation Taurus, is one of the best known deep sky objects. Often historically associated with the harvest and memorial ceremonies. It is also associated with Halloween in our culture, which historically marked the midnight culmination of the cluster. This cluster of young stars, some of which are still undergoing gravitational contraction, is also associated with a faint nebulosity, which can be seen in the photo. In winter in an area with minimal light pollution, even a small reflecting telescope will reveal these cirrus like wisps. The constellation can be found by lining up the belt-stars in Orion and following their line to the right until you see a tight cluster of seven stars.