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Zodiac: Sagittarius
Nov 23 - Dec 21
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Messier 45 (Pleiades)

Messier object number 45 (NGC 1432) is an open star cluster and diffuse nebula in the constellation of Bull. It is also known as the Pleiades. It is approximately 444 lightyears away from earth.
Long before the telescope had been invented, the Pleyades were known as a star formation already to the ancient Greek. This very distinct star formation, which is easily visible with the naked eye, was also known in many other ancient cultures. It is a star formation area, so all of its stars are very young. On long exposed photographs, a faint gas nebula is visible around these stars. It is the remnant of the gas from which these stars were formed.
 
From its shape, the Pleyades can easily be confused with the Great Bear (or the Big Dipper). However, the Pleyades are not a constellation by itself, and the area they cover in the night sky is much smaller than the area of the Great Bear.
Declination
24.1605°
Right ascension
3h 45m 59.35s (56.49730°)
The magnitude (brightness) is measured on a logarithmic scale. Small numbers mean bright stars: A star with a brightness of 1 mag is 100 times brighter that an star with 6 mag.
Magnitude
1.6 mag
not in database
The distance is measured in light years (LY). A light year is the distance, that light travels within one year. 1 LJ is equal to about 5,878,630,000,000 miles.
Distance
444444 ly
not in database
Messier NºMessier Nº
45
NGC NºNGC Nº
1432
Every star belongs to a constellation, and 12 of those constellations are part of the zodiac.
Constellation
Taurus (Bull)
Photograph of the Pleyades, the remainders of the birth-giving gas cloud glowing in blue.
Image credit: STScI and NASA
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