Hubble Telescope Shows Dazzling Star Cluster Within A Nearby Galaxy

Posted: Jun 26 2016, 4:36am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 26 2016, 10:39pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Hubble Telescope Shows Dazzling Star Cluster within a Nearby Galaxy
Credit: NASA

Star cluster NGC 1854 displays a stunning gathering of red, white and blue stars.

This colorful and dazzling collection of stars has been captured by Hubble Space Telescope. The stars are lying inside a cluster known as NGC 1854 which is located about 135,000 light years away from the Earth.

In the image, a cluster of red, blue and white stars can be seen setting against a spectacular background. Many stars are also visible scattered across the frame. Red stars are largest stars in the universe in terms of size while brilliant blue stars indicates the generation of  young, hot, large stars many times the mass of the Sun.

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The star cluster NGC 1854 exists in a small galaxy called Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which is actually a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way and one of our closest cosmic neighbors too. 

Large Magellanic Cloud is littered with star-forming material and is a ‘hotbed’ of star clusters. According to NASA, the galaxy is home to approximately 60 globular clusters and 700 open clusters. 

Large Magellanic Cloud is reckoned a valuable cosmic object by scientists since it’s the only system besides its little sister, the Small Magellanic Cloud, known to contain star clusters at all stages of evolution. NASA scientists often use Hubble Space Telescope to peer into the neighboring galaxy in order to evaluate the mass, size and origin of individual stars or even star clusters themselves. The galaxy can also provide fresh perspective on how existing generations of stars can trigger the formation of new generations of stars.

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