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The eternally starry skies of star cluster planets

Our sun sits in a rather lonely part of the Milky Way. Here in our quiet little home in a mundane part of the Orion Spur, a tiny offshoot from one of the galaxy’s spiral arms, we have few neighbours. … Continue reading

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My God. It’s full of stars.

This beautiful little image is of the Arches Star Cluster. Taken recently, using the VLT (Very Large Telescope), it’s the sharpest image ever taken of this ellusive group of stars. You see, the Arches Cluster isn’t easy to see from … Continue reading

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The Seven Sisters

Roughly 440 light years away from us, the Pleiades should be a familiar sight to any stargazer in the northern hemisphere. Residing in the constellation of Taurus, they’re one of the nearest open clusters to Earth. The brightest stars are … Continue reading

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Omega Centauri

As globular clusters go, Omega Centauri is the king. At an estimated 5 million solar masses with a diameter of around 150 light years, it’s by far and away the largest of the 150 or so globular clusters known in … Continue reading

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