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April 18, 2006 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-17

Magellanic Gemstones in the Southern Sky

April 18, 2006: 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.

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Image Credit: European Space Agency & NASA

Acknowledgment: E. Olszewski (University of Arizona)