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December 6, 2000 01:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-36

Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades

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About this Object 
Object Name: Barnard's Merope Nebula, IC 349
Object Description: Reflection Nebula in the Pleiades
Position (J2000): R.A. 03h 46m 21.30s
Dec. +23° 56' 28.0"
Constellation: Taurus
Mean Surface Brightness: ~18.5 V magnitudes/square arcsecond
Distance: 380 light-years

The image frame is 3400 astronomical units (0.05 light-years) wide.
The nebula is 3500 astronomical units (0.06 light-years) away from the bright star Merope, located at the upper right, just outside the frame.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: September 19, 1999
Exposure Time: 18.3 minutes
Filters: Red F814W (I), Green F555W (V), Blue F439W (B)
Principal Astronomers: G. Herbig, T. Simon (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii)
About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: December 6, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EST)
Orientation: Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades