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Picture of the Day - Remarkable Sparkling Double Cluster

Published by Matt on Sun Jan 3, 2009 5:06 pm via: source
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Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our neighbouring dwarf galaxies, this young globular-like star cluster is surrounded by a pattern of filamentary nebulosity that is thought to have been created during supernova blasts.

It consists of a main globular cluster in the centre and a younger, smaller cluster, seen below and to the right, composed of extremely hot, blue stars and fainter, red T-Tauri stars. This wide variety of stars allows a thorough study of star formation processes.

Remarkable Sparkling Double Cluster. Credit: ESA/NASA

Remarkable Sparkling Double Cluster. Credit: ESA/NASA

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