Release 11 of 13

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.