Monday, January 03, 2011

A Great Ball of Stars

A Great Ball of Stars (10/25/10)
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has turned its sharp eye towards a tight collection of stars, first seen 174 years ago. The result is a sparkling image of NGC 1806, tens of thousands of stars gravitationally bound into a rich cluster. Commonly called globular clusters, most of these objects are very old, having formed in the distant past when the Universe was only a fraction of its current age. NGC 1806 lies within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.

NGC 1806 – click for 1280×788 image


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Blogger ShrikeNo1 said...

Great image!

1/25/2011 07:54:00 AM  

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