HST image of an old globular star cluster in galaxy M31

We believe our HST observations of NGC 4038/4039 and other merger galaxies also shed some new light on how young globular clusters form, i.e., from giant clouds of hydrogen gas that astronomers call Giant Molecular Clouds. Full-grown spiral galaxies like the Milky Way have typically 1000-2000 such clouds. An example is the GMC associated with the Eagle Nebula.


Michael Rich, Kenneth Mighell, and James D. Neill (Columbia University), Wendy Freedman (OCIW) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

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Release date:21 October 1997, 19:00
Size:350 x 350 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, IRAS 00400+4059, M 31, Messier 31, NGC 224
Type:Unspecified : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Star Clusters

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