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How Far, the Stars? Quasars Solve ‘Seven Sisters’ Star Cluster Mystery

By: Elizabeth Howell |

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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