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Hubble Snaps Picture of Remarkable Double Cluster

Release date: Jul 10, 2001 4:00 AM (EDT)
Hubble Snaps Picture of Remarkable Double Cluster

These two dazzling clusters of stars, called NGC 1850, are found in one of our neighboring galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The photo's centerpiece is a young, "globular-like" star cluster -- a type of object unknown in our own Milky Way Galaxy. The smaller second cluster is below and to the right of the main cluster. The stars are surrounded by a filigree pattern of diffuse gas [left], which scientists believe was created by the explosion of massive stars.