Hubble snaps a stunning photo of a nearby galaxy's star cluster

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has captured a beautiful photo of the NGC 1755 star cluster, found in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Published Fri, Dec 31 2021 3:45 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Jan 22 2022 5:00 AM CST

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful image of the open star cluster, designated NGC 1755.

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NGC 1755 resides in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby galaxy neighboring Milky Way approximately 200,000 light-years from Earth. The collection of stars measures 120 light-years across but is still on the smaller side for a star cluster.

Two main varieties of star clusters exist, open clusters and globular clusters. NGC 1755 is an open star cluster, a variety of star cluster that houses up to a few thousand relatively young stars. The other main type is globular clusters, which are much larger, containing millions of older stars in a denser, more spherical arrangement.

Hubble observed NGC 1755 in an attempt to understand how different star populations (groups of stars with similar properties, such as age or chemical composition) can co-exist within a single cluster.

The full size original picture, coming in at 79.0 megabytes, can be downloaded here.

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