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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Beautiful Stars Captured at 'NGC 346'


NGC 346 is the brightest star-forming region in The Milky Way's neighbouring galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, which is 210,000 light-years away. A vast nebula has been formed as a result of the light, wind and heat emitted by the huge stars within NGC 346:




This impessive image was taken at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 'Astronomers classify NGC 346 as an open cluster of stars, indicating that this stellar brood all originated from the same collapsed cloud of matter. The associated nebula containing this clutch of bright stars is known as an emission nebula, meaning that gas within it has been heated up by stars until the gas emits its own light, just like the neon gas used in electric store signs'.


Source: European Southern Observatory


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