Double star cluster

Double star cluster

R614/0258 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 116.4MB

Downloadable file size: 6.2MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Double cluster. Optical image of the star clusters Chi Persei (NGC 884, left) and h Persei (NGC 869, right). Each cluster is made up of young stars that formed from the same cloud of gas. Chi Persei is the younger, its stars being just over three million years old. Those in h Persei are around 5.6 million years old, still very young by stellar standards. By comparison, our Sun is nearly 5 billion year old. The two clusters are separated by only a few hundred light years. Chi Persei is the more distant, at around 7400 light years from Earth. h Persei is about 300 light years closer. Both lie in the constellation Perseus.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, canada-france-hawaii telescope, cfht, chi persei, clusters, double cluster, duo, galactic cluster, h persei, ngc 869, ngc 884, open cluster, pair, perseus, space, star, star cluster, stars, telescope, two, young

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.