Young Stars in Brilliant Cluster Paint a Spectacular Landscape in New Image

November 14, 2013 3:47 PM

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The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope has captured a spectacular new image of a brilliant star cluster. The new picture reveals hot young blue-white stars that shine brightly amidst the backdrop of space, revealing a little bit more about the cluster and star formation.

Most stars do not form alone. Instead, they are created with many siblings around the same time from a single cloud of gas and dust. The star cluster shown in this new image, NGC 3572, is one of these clusters. Located in the southern constellation of Carina, it possesses stars that generate powerfu...

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