400 light-years

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, seem to float on a bed of feathers in this infrared image from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, wrapping them in a cushiony veil. The Pleiades, located in the Taurus constellation (the bull), are the subject of many legends and writings in cultures around the globe.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Stauffer (SSC/Caltech).

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