|The next time you see a Subaru vehicle (assuming you
don't own one) take a good look at the emblem plate on the trunk. It is
a representation of the stars you see in this image.
What the Japanese call "Subaru" we call the "Pleiades." It is an open cluster of stars found in the constellation of Taurus and is visible to the naked eye throughout the fall and winter as a cloudy grouping of stars to the west of Orion. Most people can count six stars in this group with the naked eye. Some see seven (the group is also known as the "Seven Sisters") or eight, though those who know how and where to look can see more.
Recent data collected from the Hipparcos satellite has determined the distance to this cluster to be 380 light-years. The nine brightest stars in this photograph are all blue giants concentrated in an area only about 7 light-years in diameter. All the stars in this cluster formed out of the dust you see in the image, which is now reflecting the bright light coming from the stars.
This image was taken in September, 1994 from the mountains in West Virginia above Lost River State Park. A Nikon 400mm f/2.8 lens was used mounted on a Losmandy G-11 mount and manually guided for 45 minutes using a Vixen 90mm refractor as guide scope. The film used was un-hypered Fujicolor 800.