New Image of a Colossal Ancient Globular Cluster

This new image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the globular cluster known as NGC 1806. Comprised of tens of thousands of stars, it sits within the Large Magellanic Cloud – a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way – and was first seen by the British astronomer John Herschel in 1806.

Commonly called globular clusters, most of these objects are very old, having formed in the distant past when the Universe was only a fraction of its current age. NGC 1806 can be observed within the constellation of Dorado (the dolphin-fish), an area of the sky best seen from the Earth’s southern hemisphere.

The picture is a composite of images taken at different wavelengths by the Wide Field Channel of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Via NASA/Hubble

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