Zoom in on galaxy ESO 306-17

When zooming in closely on ESO 306-17, one can see faint clusters of stars through the bright shine of the galaxy's large halo. These are globular clusters — tightly bound groups of stars that can often fend off cannibalism from larger, "bully" galaxies. Studying these surrounding clusters will prove helpful to astronomers in their pursuit to put the pieces of ESO 306-17's history together.

ESA/Hubble. Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind)

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Release date:4 March 2010, 16:00
Related releases:heic1004
Duration:50 s

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