Westerlund 2: Detail 1

Westerlund 2: Detail 1

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News release ID: STScI-2015-12
Release Date: Apr 23, 2015
Image Use: Copyright
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The sparkling centerpiece of Hubble's silver anniversary tribute is Westerlund 2, a giant cluster of about 3,000 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. The 2-million-year-old giant star cluster measures about 6 to 13 light-years across and contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, most massive stars.


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Astronomical, Emission Nebulae, Hubble Heritage, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Open Clusters, Star Clusters

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NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team