A spherical cluster sparkles with starlight in a new image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
This globular cluster – officially known as Terzan 12 – is located 15,000 light-years from Earth, deep in our galaxy. milky way Galaxy, in the constellation Sagittarius. A globular cluster contains hundreds of thousands to millions of elements stars They are tightly bound together by gravity, making large structures appear spherical when viewed from Earth.
HubbleIt is a joint mission between NASA and… European Space AgencyA new view of Terzan 12 has been captured as it is covered in gas and dust, which absorbs and alters the starlight emitted by the moon. Spherical block. A higher concentration of stars can be seen near the center of Terzan 12. This densely packed cluster shines in the new Hubble image.
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“The Milky Way contains about 150 ancient globular clusters in its outskirts,” NASA officials said. He said in a statement. “These clusters orbit the galactic center, but well above and below the flat plane of our galaxy, like bees buzzing around a beehive.”
In the new Hubble image, interstellar dust particles scatter blue light, causing only the reddest wavelengths from the cluster to appear into our vision. The brightest red stars in the image are massive, aging giants several times larger than… the sun. The bright blue stars in the image are not part of the cluster; They are in the foreground of the image, unobscured by interstellar material.
Hubble imaged Terzan 12 as part of an initiative to study globular clusters towards the center of our galaxy, where there are relatively few compared to the outer halo of the Milky Way, according to a NASA statement.
Using Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3, astronomers have been able to study the relationship between the age and composition of the galactic inner globular clusters, compared to those scattered throughout the Milky Way. NASA shared the scintillating image of Terzan 12 on September 7.
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