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Pleiades
Pleiades large.jpg
A color-composite image of the Pleiades from the Digitized Sky Survey
Credit: NASA/ESA/AURA/Caltech
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Taurus
Right ascension 03h 47m 24s
Declination +24° 07′ 00″
Distance 444 ly on average (136.2±1.2 pc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 1.6
Apparent dimensions (V) 110' (arcmin)
Physical characteristics
Other designations M45, Seven Sisters, Melotte 22
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

The Pleiades (also known as M45 or the Seven Sisters) are a group of stars in the night sky. You can see them in the constellation Taurus, the bull. Charles Messier gave it the name M45. They are named after the Pleiades in Greek mythology.

This an open star cluster of middle-aged hot B-type stars in the constellation of Taurus. It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth, and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years.

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