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January 10, 2007 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-05

Hubble Sees Star Cluster "Infant Mortality"

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 10, 2007: Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found that young stellar nurseries, called open star clusters, have very short lives.

This is gleaned from new observations by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys that were used to do a "Where's Waldo" search for blue stars tossed out of their open cluster "nest" in the nearby galaxy known as NGC 1313.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Pellerin (STScI)