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News Release 522 of 948

April 24, 2002 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-10

Hubble Uncovers Oldest "Clocks" in Space to Read Age of Universe

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Image: Globular Cluster M4's Location in Milky Way

Globular Cluster M4's Location in Milky Way Artist's Concept

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

This illustration shows the location of the globular cluster M4 in our Milky Way Galaxy, which is depicted "edge-on" or from the side. Globular clusters like M4 are the first pioneer settlers of the Milky Way. Many coalesced to build the hub of our galaxy and formed billions of years before the appearance of the Milky Way's magnificent pinwheel disk. Today, 150 globular clusters survive in the galactic halo.

Object Names: M4, NGC 6121

Image Type: Illustration

Credit: NASA and A. Feild (STScI)

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