The stars of the Large Magellanic Cloud

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the globular cluster NGC 1854, a gathering of white and blue stars in the southern constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish). NGC 1854 is located about 135 000 light-years away, in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), one of our closest cosmic neighbours and a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

The LMC is a hotbed of vigorous star formation. Rich in interstellar gas and dust, the galaxy is home to approximately 60 globular clusters and 700 open clusters. These clusters are frequently the subject of astronomical research, as the Large Magellanic Cloud and its little sister, the Small Magellanic Cloud, are the only systems known to contain clusters at all stages of evolution. Hubble is often used to study these clusters as its extremely high-resolution cameras can resolve individual stars, even at the clusters’ crowded cores, revealing their mass, size and degree of evolution.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

About the Image

Id:potw1625a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 June 2016, 06:00
Size:2923 x 1823 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1854
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:140000 light years
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 9 20.22
Position (Dec):-68° 50' 55.92"
Field of view:2.44 x 1.52 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 64.0° left of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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