Star Clusters Near the Center of the Galaxy

This 4-million-year-old cluster is more dispersed than the Arches cluster. It has stars on the verge of blowing up as supernovae. It is the home of the brightest star seen in the Galaxy, called the Pistol star.

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9930c
Type:Observation
Release date:16 September 1999, 15:00
Size:999 x 1009 px

About the Object

Name:Arches Cluster, Pistol Star
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Blue Supergiant
• 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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