IC 348
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IC 348

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 23.3´ × 20.0´ on the sky, of the young open cluster IC 348. This cluster, at a distance of ~320 pc, is still embedded in its parental molecular gas cloud, which is part of the larger Perseus Molecular Cloud. Thus, many of the cluster members are obscured by dust and would go relatively undetected in optical imaging of the cluster. The bright star near the top center of the 2MASS image mosaic is omicron Persei. 1999 Dec 15-21

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