Artist's Concept of the Arches Cluster

This artist's impression shows how the Arches star cluster appears from deep inside the hub of our Milky Way Galaxy. Although hidden from our direct view, the massive cluster lies 25,000 light-years away and is the densest known gathering of young stars in our galaxy. The illustration is based on infrared observations with Hubble and with ground-based telescopes, which pierced our galaxy's dusty core and snapped images of the luminous cluster of about 2,000 stars.


NASA, ESA and A. Schaller (for STScI


About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:9 March 2005, 20:00
Size:3880 x 4800 px

About the Object

Name:Arches Star Cluster
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:25000 light years
Category:Star Clusters

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