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IC 349

Within the famous Pleiades open cluster is the star Merope, and near Merope, hiding within its glare, is a bright reflection nebula. Its mountainous peaks and sinuous appearance are likely sculpted by forces radiating from Merope. Oldie but a goodie.

 

Seems important to note that I removed a large diffraction spike which cut across the upper left of the image.

 

Data from the following proposal were used to create this image:

Imagery of IC 349

 

Red: WFPC2 F814W

Green: WFPC2 F555W

Blue: WFPC2 F439W

 

North is 13.05° clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on June 13, 2020