Hubble Watches Star Clusters on a Collision Course
Astronomers regulating information from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope held dual clusters full of large stars that might be in a early stages of merging. The 30 Doradus Nebula is 170,000 light-years from Earth. What during initial was suspicion to be usually one cluster in a core of a large star-forming segment 30 Doradus has been found to be a combination of dual clusters that differ in age by about one million years.
The whole 30 Doradus formidable has been an active star-forming segment for 25 million years, and it is now different how many longer this segment can continue formulating new stars. Smaller systems that combine into incomparable ones could assistance to explain a start of some of a largest famous star clusters. The Hubble observations, done with a Wide Field Camera 3, were taken Oct. 20-27, 2009. The blue tone is light from a hottest, many large stars; a immature from a heat of oxygen; and a red from fluorescing hydrogen.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI)