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The star cluster Westerlund 2

The star cluster Westerlund 2

Date: 23 April 2015
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Westerlund 2
Copyright: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

This image shows the sparkling centrepiece of Hubble's 25th anniversary tribute. Westerlund 2 is a giant cluster of about 3000 stars located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.

Hubble's near-infrared imaging camera pierces through the dusty veil enshrouding the stellar nursery, giving astronomers a clear view of the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
15-Jul-2024 23:30 UT

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