Too Close for Comfort

This Hubble Space Telescope view of the core of one of the nearest globular star clusters, called NGC 6397, resembles a treasure chest of glittering jewels. The cluster is located 8,200 light-years away in the constellation Ara.

Here, the stars are jam-packed together. The stellar density is about a million times greater than in our Sun's stellar neighborhood. The stars are only a few light-weeks apart, while the nearest star to our Sun is over four light-years away.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0321a
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2003, 15:00
Size:2500 x 2566 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6397
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
Distance:9000 light years
Constellation:Ara

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336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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