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Aug 15

Sibling Stars

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1534

eso1534aThe rich star cluster IC 4651
Image credits: ESO

Open star clusters like the one seen here are not just perfect subjects for pretty pictures. Most stars form within clusters and these clusters can be used by astronomers as laboratories to study how stars evolve and die. The cluster captured here by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory is known as IC 4651, and the stars born within it now display a wide variety of characteristics. (read more)

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