in Gemini" 11/11/99 Kitt Peak, Arizona
(Image by Adam Block, Willis Greiner and Cheryl
Price. Copyright NOAO, all rights reserved.)
image was obtained using a 16" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
operating at f/6.3. The camera used was a SBIG ST-8; sky chart
software was Software Bisque's The Sky, acquisition and image
manipulation software was Cyanogen's Maxim DL. Three 60-second
exposures were taken and combined to form a raw composite
image. Dark and flat-field exposures were taken and applied
to the raw images.
is a beautiful, rich and distant galactic open star cluster.
Such clusters reside in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This
particular cluster is somewhat unique in that it is very distant,
probably at the very edge of our galaxy, 16 thousand light
years from Earth. It is located visually at the edge of a
much closer star cluster, M35. M35 is thought to be just over
2 thousand light years from us. Such is the illusion of the
night sky; although all objects appear to be at the same distance,
the truth is that we are looking out though all of time, from
the recent past to the beginning of creation.