Globular cluster NGC 1851

Globular cluster NGC 1851

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Caption: Globular cluster NGC 1851. Globular clusters are spherical groups of very old stars that are tightly bound by gravity and orbit a dense central core. They can contain over a million stars within a volume only a few hundred light years across. They formed billions of years ago, and are distributed in halos around many galaxies, including the Milky Way. NGC 1851 has a mass of 551,000 solar masses. It is around 39,500 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Columba. This image was obtained on 17 November 2015.

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Keywords: 2015, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, caldwell 73, cluster, columba, dense, eso 305-sc 016, galactic halo, globular cluster, gravitationally bound, ngc 1851, no-one, nobody, optical, space, stars, universe, visible

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