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Chasing Light in Deep Sky
#1 Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is 2.3 million light years away from the earth and contains many stars, nebulae and clusters. The estimated diameter is 100,000 light years and it is 10 billion times brighter than our Sun. The Andromeda Galaxy is not only the closest galaxy to the earth but also very similar to our galaxy.

#2 Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula is an enormous cloud of gas and dust, one of many in our Milky Way galaxy. It lies roughly 1,300 light-years from Earth. Dark matter in that region creates new stars, thus it is called a star cradle. The nebula is located south of Orion belt (3 stars).

Pleiades (Subaru in Japanese)
The Pleiades is an open star cluster containing middle aged (50 million – 100 million old) blue hot B-type stars and they are about 440 light years away from the earth. They are also called seven sisters. According to Greek mythology, Atlas and Pleione had 7 beautiful daughters and it is said that Orion keeps chasing the girls.

Keiko Yamasaki