From Earth to the Universe: Picture of the day


This compact cluster, visible during long nights of the northern winter, has entered the folklore of many cultures around the world. The grouping is not accidental, for these stars formed together about 100 million years ago and are bound to each other through gravity. As they drift around our Milky Way Galaxy, these stars have wandered into the outskirts of a dust cloud whose tiny grains reflect the stars' light and give the cluster its blue colour.

Credit: Anglo / Australian Observatory, David Malin.

In 2009, the "From Earth to the Universe" project brought astronomy to millions of people around the world. Take a tour of just some of the locations in a short video on the FETTU Highlights page.