An ancient globule

This image captures the stunning NGC 6535, a globular cluster 22 000 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent) that measures one light-year across.

Globular clusters are tightly bound groups of stars which orbit galaxies. The large mass in the rich stellar centre of the globular cluster pulls the stars inward to form a ball of stars. The word globulus, from which these clusters take their name, is Latin for small sphere.

Globular clusters are generally very ancient objects formed around the same time as their host galaxy. To date, no new star formations have been observed within a globular cluster, which explains the abundance of aging yellow stars in this image, most of them containing very few heavy elements.

NGC 6535 was first discovered in 1852 by English astronomer John Russell Hind. The cluster would have appeared to Hind as a small, faint smudge through his telescope. Now, over 160 years later, instruments like the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope allow us to capture the cluster close up and marvel at its contents in detail.

A version of this image was entered into the Hubble's Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Gilles Chapdelaine.

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Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Gilles Chapdelaine

About the Image

Id:potw1452a
Type:Observation
Release date:29 December 2014, 10:00
Size:3977 x 3931 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6535
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:22000 light years
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Category:Star Clusters
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 50.40
Position (Dec):0° 17' 43.96"
Field of view:3.31 x 3.28 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 94.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
R
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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