Globular clusters seen by Hubble and ESO

This collage shows a range of globular clusters, which were studied using Hubble and the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope. The data show that, despite all forming at roughly the same time, the clusters have aged at dramatically different rates, with heavier stars sinking to the centres of the clusters in a process similar to sedimentation.

Top row: M 4 (ESO), Omega Cen (ESO), M 80 (Hubble)
Middle row: M 53 (Hubble), NGC 6752 (Hubble), M 13 (Hubble)
Bottom row: M 4 (Hubble), NGC 288 (Hubble), 47 Tuc (Hubble)


M 4: ESO. Omega Cen: ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM.
M 80: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA).
M 53: ESA/Hubble & NASA.
NGC 6752: ESA/Hubble & NASA.
M 13: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
M 4: ESA/Hubble & NASA.
NGC 288: ESA/Hubble & NASA.
47 Tuc: NASA, ESA, and G. Meylan (École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne).

About the Image

Release date:19 December 2012, 19:00
Related releases:heic1221
Size:5000 x 5000 px

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Category:Star Clusters

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