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I HEART HUBBLE: Extreme star cluster

NASA/ESA/Hubble: Extreme Star Cluster
I HEART HUBBLE is an ongoing series about everyone’s favourite space telescope. If we can’t go to space ourselves, at least we can browse through NASA’s royalty-free imagery and enjoy the scenery. Ad astra!

Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image

The star-forming region NGC 3603 – seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image [quote from 2007] – contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way. Bathed in gas and dust the cluster formed in a huge rush of star formation thought to have occurred around a million years ago. The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 3603’s centre.

Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Licence: CC BY 3.0

Source of image and quoted text: Spacetelescope.org

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