Star Clusters Near the Center of the Galaxy
Depicts: Quintuplet Cluster, IRAS 17430-2848
Copyright: Don Figer (Space Telescope Science Institute) and NASA
This 4-million-year-old cluster is more dispersed than the Arches cluster. It has stars on the verge of blowing up as supernovae. It is the home of the brightest star seen in the Galaxy, called the Pistol star.
Last Update: 1 September 2019