AstroWimp

Artist notes:

The Japanese call this Subaru. It shines in the autumn skies. I often spend minutes at a time staring at this little gem trying to see all six sisters. I was amazed to discover that the "fuzziness" you can detect at dark sites is due to dust these stars are moving through. What I'm drawn to is the lines of dust. It is as if some fast moving objects have left trails in their wakes. Also if you look carefully you can just make out a distant galaxy on the right hand of the scene.

Technical details:

Photons captured in Simpson, North Carolina, in December 2014.  The image is 2.2 hours of exposure time.

This star cluster has been known since ancient times and is mentioned multiple times in the Bible and in Homer’s Illiad. Six of the stars can be made out by the naked eye. The seven sisters are the daughters of Pleione and Atlas: Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Alcyone. The whole cluster is moving through a cloud of interstellar dust 430 light years away.    

The Pleiades