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October 17, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-40

Tale of Two Clusters Yields Secrets of Star Birth in the Early Universe

October 17, 1994: The Hubble telescope has provided new insights into how stars may have formed many billions of years ago in the early universe. Hubble observations of a pair of star clusters suggest they might be linked through stellar evolution processes.

The pair of clusters is 166,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud in the southern constellation Doradus. The clusters are unusually close together for being distinct and separate objects, suggesting that they might be evolutionary relatives.

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Co-investigators: R. Gilmozzi (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland and ESA), E.K. Kinney (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland), S.P. Ewald (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California), N. Panagia (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, ESA, and University of Catania, Italy), and M. Romaniello (University of Pisa, Italy).