Star Clusters Near the Center of the Galaxy

The Arches cluster is so dense that over 100,000 of its stars would fill a spherical region in space whose radius is the distance between the Sun and its nearest neighbor, the star Alpha Centauri, 4.3 light-years away. At least 150 of its stars are among the brightest ever seen in the Galaxy.

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9930b
Type:Observation
Release date:16 September 1999, 15:00
Size:505 x 507 px

About the Object

Name:Arches Cluster
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
Distance:25000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
Pa-alpha
1.87 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
Near-IR
2.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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