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10 dazzling images from the WISE telescope

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 3, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
WISE image of Pleiades cluster

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

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Pleiades cluster

In this mosaic image containing hundreds of image frames captured by WISE, the famous Pleiades star cluster shines through an immense cloud of dust 436 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

The Pleiades is an open star cluster, which means that while its stars are bound loosely together right now, each star will eventually go its own way within a few hundred million years.