Release 679 of 1,056
Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades
Release date: Dec 6, 2000 1:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

This ghostly apparition is actually an interstellar cloud caught in the process of destruction by strong radiation from a nearby hot star. This haunting picture, snapped by the Hubble telescope, shows a cloud illuminated by light from the bright star Merope. Located in the Pleiades star cluster, the cloud is called IC 349 or Barnard's Merope Nebula.

Release ID: STScI-2000-36
Release image
Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades
Release video
Zoom-in to the Pleiades

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: George Herbig and Theodore Simon (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii)