NGC 1435: Merope Nebula (Picture of the Day)

Merope Nebula
Merope Nebula (or NGC 1435) is a reflection nebula which is about 440 light years away in the Pleiades star cluster which is situated in the Taurus constellation. A reflection nebula is a nebula which reflect the light of the nearby star. This nebula receives most of the light from one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades (M45), Merope star (23 Tau), which is where the nebula gets its name from.

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