Hot White Dwarf Shines in Young Star Cluster

A dazzling 'jewel-box' collection of over 20, 000 stars can be seen in crystal clarity in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The young (40 million year old) cluster, called NGC 1818, is 164, 000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The LMC, a site of vigorous current star formation, is an ideal nearby laboratory for studying stellar evolution.

Credit:

Rebecca Elson and Richard Sword, Cambridge UK, and NASA/ESA (Original WFPC2image courtesy J. Westphal, Caltech)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9816a
Type:Observation
Release date:9 April 1998, 06:00
Size:900 x 889 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1818
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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