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Hubble Peeks into a Stellar Nursery in a Nearby Galaxy

Release date: Oct 5, 2000 12:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

The Hubble telescope has peered deep into a neighboring galaxy to reveal details of the formation of new stars. Hubble's target was a newborn star cluster within the Small Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The picture shows young, brilliant stars cradled within a nebula, or glowing cloud of gas, cataloged as N 81.