'Seven Sisters' Star Cluster Distance Revealed In Most Accurate Measurement Yet

August 31, 2014 3:06 PM

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'Seven Sisters' Star Cluster Distance Revealed In Most Accurate Measurement Yet

Super-bright galaxies powered by black holes have helped astronomers come up with the most accurate distance yet to the iconic Pleiades star cluster.

The measurement, which used quasars as bright and consistent relative-distance markers, charted the famous "Seven Sisters" star cluster at 136.2 parsecs, or 444 light-years, away from Earth.

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