White dwarf stars in open cluster NGC 6791
In studying the dimmest burned-out stars in globular star cluster NGC 6791, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a paradox: three different populations of stars exist in an object where all the stars should have formed at the same time out of an interstellar cloud of gas and dust.
[Left] - This is a ground-based telescopic view of NGC 6791, located 13,300 light-years away in the constellation Lyra. The green inset box shows the view with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys.
[Top right] - The full Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys field is full of stars estimated to be 8 billion years old. Two background galaxies can be seen at upper left.
[Bottom right] - A blow up of view of a small region of the Advanced Camera for Surveys field reveals very faint white dwarfs. The blue circles identify hotter dwarfs that are 4 billion years old. The red circles identify cooler dwarfs that are 6 billion years old.
NASA, ESA, and L. Bedin (STScI)
About the Image
|Release date:||10 July 2008, 15:00|
|Size:||3000 x 2400 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular|
• Star Clusters Images/Videos
|Distance:||13000 light years|
Colours & filters
|606 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
Notes: Left image captured using a ground-based telescope.