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Magellanic Gemstones in the Southern Sky

Release date: Apr 18, 2006 9:00 AM (EDT)
Magellanic Gemstones in the Southern Sky

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed images to date of the open star clusters NGC 265 and NGC 290 in the Small Magellanic Cloud – two sparkling sets of gemstones in the southern sky. These images, taken with Hubbles Advanced Camera for Surveys, show a myriad of stars in crystal clear detail. The brilliant open star clusters are located about 200,000 light-years away and are roughly 65 light-years across. The images were taken in October and November 2004.