Pleiades – M45

imageThough people sometimes refer to this open star cluster in the Constellation Taurus as the Seven Sisters, there are actually only six stars that are readily visible to most observers. Charles Messier chose it as one of his Messier objects (M45). I find it interesting that Subaru chose this grouping of stars to serve as its corporate logo.

“Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster, which in turn inspires the Subaru logo and alludes to the six companies that merged to create Fuji Heavy Industries. The word ‘subaru’ means “united” in Japanese, and Fuji Heavy Industries has used the term to describe how the Pleiades constellation is a unification of the stars. Fuji Heavy Industries is therefore a constellation of companies united together.” (This was from the Stanley Subaru website http://www.stanleysubaru.com)

It seems appropriate that a Japanese telescope (Takahashi 106mm refractor) was used to image this.  Sixty three 5 minute LRGB exposures were stacked to form this image.

 

 

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