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NASA’s Hubble Reveals A ‘Diamond-Like’ Cluster Of Stars 8,000 Light-Years Away

January 24, 2016

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently returned a dazzling image of stars concentrated in the Carina Nebula some 8,000 light-years away. A recent image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows a dazzling display of stars clustered 8,000 light-years away in the Carina Nebula. In the center left of the nearly-glistening image, sits a small silhouetted shape that looks almost like an upside down balloon, which, according to NASA, is “….a nodule of gas laced with dust.” The cluster itself is called Trumpler 14 and, at an age of just 500,000-years-old, is basically a galactic infant containing some of the most luminous stars in the Milky Way. The space agency notes, “These blue-white stars are burning their hydrogen fuel so ferociously they will explode as supernovae in just a few million years. The combination of outflowing stellar “winds” and, ultimately, supernova blast waves will carve out cavities in nearby clouds of gas and dust. These fireworks will kick-start the beginning of a new generation of stars in an ongoing cycle of star birth and death.”

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