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Hubble Reveals a ‘Rediscovered’ Star Cluster

16 Jul 2021, 12:54 UTC
Hubble Reveals a ‘Rediscovered’ Star Cluster ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Noyola

This image shows the globular cluster NGC 6380, which lies around 35,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Scorpio (the Scorpion). Globular clusters are spherical groups of stars held together by gravity; they often contain some of the oldest stars in their galaxies. The very bright star at the top of the image is HD 159073, which is only around 4,000 light-years from Earth, making it a much nearer neighbor than NGC 6380. This image was taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, which, as its name suggests, has a wide field of view, meaning that it can image relatively large areas of the sky in enormous detail.

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