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Nebula and star cluster NGC 6604

Nebula and star cluster NGC 6604

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Caption

Nebula and star cluster NGC 6604, optical and ultraviolet image. NGC 6604 is the bright grouping of stars at upper left. It is a young star cluster that is the densest part of a more widely scattered association containing about 100 brilliant blue-white stars. The image also shows the cluster's associated nebula (red), a cloud of glowing hydrogen gas and dust clouds called Sh2-54. The cluster and nebula are 5500 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Serpens. Image obtained by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile. Image published in 2012.

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