Hubble observes open cluster NGC 2002

(ORDO NEWS) — NGC 2002 is an open star cluster located approximately 160,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way containing numerous star-forming regions.

The diameter of NGC 2002 is about 30 light years, and the age of the cluster is estimated at 18 million years.

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC, LMC) are rich in young star clusters, making them ideal laboratories for studying star formation and stellar evolution.

In fact, LMC and MMO are the only systems that contain star clusters at all stages of evolution and are close enough to the Earth that individual stars can be seen and studied.

NGC 2002 is more spherical than a typical open cluster. The researchers used Hubble’s high resolution and sensitivity to identify individual stars and study NGC 2002.

The cluster contains about 1,100 stars. The more massive stars in NGC 2002 tend to sink inward towards the center, while the lighter stars move away from the center as the cluster evolves.

At the center of the cluster are five red supergiants, which are massive but cooler stars that fuse helium after exhausting their hydrogen fuel.


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