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.
About the Image
|Release date:||7 August 2003, 15:00|
|Size:||2500 x 2566 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular|
• Star Clusters Images/Videos
|Distance:||9000 light years|
Colours & filters
|336 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|606 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|