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Hot White Dwarf Shines in Young Star Cluster

Hot White Dwarf Shines in Young Star Cluster

Depicts: NGC 1818
Copyright: Rebecca Elson and Richard Sword, Cambridge UK, and NASA (Original WFPC2image courtesy J. Westphal, Caltech)

A dazzling "jewel-box" collection of over 20,000 stars can be seen in crystal clarity in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The young (40 million year old) cluster, called NGC 1818, is 164,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The LMC, a site of vigorous current star formation, is an ideal nearby laboratory for studying stellar evolution.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
21-Jun-2024 14:22 UT

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