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Image of the week - “Little Eyes” of the sky


This sky mosaic of the Pleiades, created using grid-enabled Montage software, shows the high-resolution beauty and detail made accessible through the power of grids.
Image courtesy of Inseok Song, IPAC/Caltech; created using Montage v3.0

Known throughout the world under various names—“Subaru” to the Japanese, Matarii or “Little Eyes” to the natives of Tonga and Athur-ai or “The Stars of Hathor” to the ancient Egyptians—the Pleiades (as it was known to the ancient Greeks) is a cluster of naked-eye stars located in the constellation Taurus, the Bull.

This cluster is now known to be a collection of relatively young stars, born only 100 to 125 million years ago.

The brightest stars shown here are those visible to the naked eye on a clear winter’s night and represent hot blue giants much more massive than our Sun; the faintest members of the cluster are red dwarfs only a tenth of the Sun’s mass.

The blue, green and red channels of this three-color image were made from B-, R-, and I-band images, respectively, from the Digitized Sky Survey. The sky mosaic was created using grid-enabled Montage software.

-  J. Davy Kirkpatrick and Bruce Berriman, Montage

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