Merope's Reflection Nebula

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
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Christopher K.
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Merope's Reflection Nebula

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Wednesday's APOD is a wonderful one by Leonardo Orazi of a the nebulosity surrounding Merope, discovered by Wilhelm Tempel in 1859. He (Tempel) found it with a 4.5-inch refractor, purposefully putting Merope out of the field of view in order to get a clearer observation. The nebula was first imaged by brothers Paul and Prosper Henry in 1885.

Contrary to what some believe, and what many used to believe, the nebulosity in which the Pleiades are immersed is not left over from their births. They just happen to be passing through these interstellar clouds at this time.

More information:
Burnham's Celestial Handbook, pp. 1880-1883.
http://www.daviddarling.info/encycloped ... ebula.html

Christopher K.
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Re: Merope's Reflection Nebula

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As many times as I've viewed the Pleiades, I've never seen this nebula. I'm sure it requires a natural sky and a good combination of magnification and field-of-view.

Here's an image courtesy Leonardo Orazi...
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120215.html

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