Hubble captures cluster of aging stars

They typically contain hundreds of thousands of stars that are thought to have formed at roughly the same time.

Image Credit: ESA (European Space Agency)/Hubble & NASA
Image Credit: ESA (European Space Agency)/Hubble & NASA

This rich and thick smattering of stars is a massive globular cluster, a gravitationally bound gathering of stars that orbits the Milky Way. Globular clusters are denser and more spherical than open star groups like the well known Pleiades. They regularly contain countless stars that are thought to have formed at generally a same time.

Studies have demonstrated that this globular cluster, named NGC 6139, is home to an aging populace of stars. Most globular groups circling the Milky Way are assessed to be more than 10 billion years of age; thus, they contain some of the oldest stars in our universe, formed very early in the galaxy’s history. In any case, their part in galactic advancement is as yet a matter of study.

This cluster is seen generally toward the center of the Milky Way, in the group of stars of Scorpius (the Scorpion). This group of stars is a goldmine of fascinating astronomical objects. Hubble has set its sights on Scorpius ordinarily to watch protests, for example, the Butterfly Nebula, surprising binary star systems, and other dazzling globular clusters.