NASA Captures Stunning Photo Of A Massive ‘Globular’ Cluster Of Colorful Stars
By Thanussha Priyah, 14 Sep 2020
Image via ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Kalirai
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a “globular” cluster, featuring what the agency describes as “a pocketful of stars.”
The cluster, featuring thousands of stars, is known as NGC 1805, and it resides at the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
Normally, globular clusters would consist of stars that are born at the same time. However, the space agency found that the NGC 1805 included stars from two different populations that are aged millions of years apart.
Scientists also noted that the center of the stars would not be likely orbited by planets, as they are 100 to 1,000 times closer than the stars are to Earth’s sun.
The image showed the stars in different colors. The stars in blue shun the brightest near-ultraviolet light, while the red stars were shown near-infrared.
This @NASAHubble image of red and blue stars shows a globular cluster with stars packed 100 to 1,000 times more closely than in our part of space. The data used to create this image is helping astronomers understand how stars evolve and ultimately die out: https://t.co/JF3DbtYhE5 pic.twitter.com/hXBwgPv70a— NASA (@NASA) September 13, 2020
[via NASA, cover image via ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Kalirai]
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