Hubble spies exotic double cluster
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2001
(CNN) A prominent double cluster in a nearby galaxy, captured in stunning detail by the Hubble Space Telescope, represents a kind of object unlike anything in our own Milky Way galaxy.
The cosmic oddity, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way, is the star attraction in a new Hubble image released by international scientists on Tuesday.
The double cluster, known as NGC 1850, is a dense collection of juvenile, globular-like stars, and the second brightest star cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The celestial phenomenon has no equivalent in our galaxy, Hubble scientists said.
"These objects are different from what we find in our galaxy in that they are at the same time very compact, rather massive and recently formed," said Nino Panagia, one of the astronomers who studied NGC 1850. [More]
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