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November 22, 2011 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-35

NASA's Hubble Finds Stellar Life and Death in a Globular Cluster

A Hubble Heritage Release

November 22, 2011: A new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows globular cluster NGC 1846, a spherical collection of hundreds of thousands of stars in the outer halo of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way that can be seen from the southern hemisphere. The most intriguing object, however, doesn't seem to belong in the cluster. It is a faint green bubble in the white box near the bottom center of the image. This so-called "planetary nebula" is the aftermath of the death of a star.

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Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: P. Goudfrooij (STScI)