View Full Version : Distance to Pleiades Calculated

2005-Sep-09, 10:11 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have measured the distance to the Pleiades star cluster to greatest precision ever. After a decade's worth of interferometric measurements, the team found that the star cluster is between 434 and 446 light years from Earth. This is important because the European Hipparcos satellite previously measured a distance to the cluster that would have contradicted theoretical models of the life cycles of stars. This new measurement shows that Hipparcos was incorrect, and the established theory still holds.

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