A Dying Star in Globular Cluster M15

The globular cluster M15 is shown in this colour image obtained with the Hubble telescope. Lying some 40, 000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus, M15 is one of nearly 150 known globular clusters that form a vast halo surrounding our Milky Way galaxy. Each of these spherically shaped clusters contains hundreds of thousands of ancient stars. The stars in M15 and other globular clusters are estimated to be about 12 billion years old. They were among the first generations of stars to form in the Milky Way.

Credit:

The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0025a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 August 2000, 07:00
Size:585 x 865 px

About the Object

Name:M 15, Messier 15, NGC 7078
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:35000 light years
Constellation:Pegasus
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):21 29 58.19
Position (Dec):12° 9' 52.34"
Field of view:0.97 x 1.43 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 10.4° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OIII
5.022 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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