Magellanic gemstones in the southern sky

Hubble 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.

Two new composite images taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show a myriad of stars in crystal clear detail. The brilliant open star clusters, NGC 265 and NGC 290, are located about 200,000 light-years away and are roughly 65 light-years across.

Credit:

European Space Agency & NASA

Acknowledgements:

Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble) and Edward W. Olszewski (University of Arizona, USA)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0603a
Type:Collage
Release date:18 April 2006, 15:00
Related releases:heic0603
Size:3732 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 265, NGC 290
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Distance:200000 light years
Category:Star Clusters

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