May 2010 M72: A Globular Cluster of Stars Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HPOW Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope are about 100,000 of M72's stars. M72, which spans about 50 LYrs & lies abt 50,000 LYrs away, can be seen w a small telescope 2ward the constellation of the Water Bearer (Aquarius).
And you thought your day was busy? we-are-star-stuff: A map of our galaxy the Milky Way, showing pulsars (red), planetary nebulae (blue), globular clusters (yellow), and the orbits of several stars. And yet our galaxy is a tiny place.
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Dramatically backlit dust lanes in #NGC7049 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of NGC 7049 in the constellation of Indus, in the southern sky. A family of globular clusters appears as glittering spots dusted around the galaxy halo. Astronomers study the globular clusters in NGC 7049 to learn more about its formation and evolution. The dust lanes, which appear as a lacy web, are dramatically backlit by the millions of stars in the halo of NGC 7049.
There are few, if any, young globular clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy because conditions are not ripe for more to form. Pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope are about 100,000 of M72's stars. M72, which spans about 50 light years and lies about 50,000 light years away, can be seen with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Water Bearer (Aquarius).
Globular star cluster Omega Centauri is some 15,000 light-years away & 150 light-years in diameter. The cluster is packed with about 10 million stars much older than the Sun. Omega Cen is the largest of 200 or so known globular clusters that roam the halo of our Milky Way galaxy.