The Pleiades are well known in the legends and myths of many ancient cultures.
At least six stars are visible to the naked eye, nine or more can be seen under a dark sky. The brightest stars are named after the daughters of Pleione and Atlas.
The star cluster is located in the constellation Taurus and it is only 425 light-years away. About 200 stars belong to the cluster that is about 100 million years old. The light of the blue giant stars is reflected on a dust cloud that moves independently from the cluster through the Milky Way. It is believed that the linear structures in the dust cloud are caused by magnetic fields in the nebula. A small HII region appears south of the star Merope.
The image shows the western part of the Pleiades without the stars Pleione and Atlas. The bright star on the bottom is Alkyone - the brightest star of the cluster, Merope is on the right side.