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Image of the day 03/10/2013

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    NGC 602 - Cluster in SMC, 


            Steven Marx

    NGC 602 - Cluster in SMC

    Technical card

    Imaging cameras:Hubble (HLA Data)


    Dates:July 18, 2004

    Frames: 15x422" bin 0x0

    Integration: 1.8 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 0.94 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 0.99%

    Basic astrometry details job: 83910

    Resolution: 3705x4062


    NGC 602 - Raw fits data obtained from Hubble Legacy Archive.

    NGC 602 is a young, bright open cluster of stars located in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. Radiation and shock waves from the stars have pushed away much of the lighter surrounding gas and dust that compose the nebula known as N90, and this in turn has triggered new star formation in the ridges (or "elephant trunks") of the nebula. These even younger, pre-main sequence stars are still enshrouded in dust but are visible to the Spitzer Space Telescope at infrared wavelengths. The cluster is of particular interest because it is located in the wing of the SMC leading to the Magellanic Bridge. Hence, while its chemical properties should be similar to those of the rest of the galaxy, it is relatively isolated and so easier to study.

    A number of other, more distant galaxies also appear in the background of the Hubble images of NGC 602, making for a "tantalizing" and "grand" view.



    Steven Marx
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      NGC 602 - Cluster in SMC, 


            Steven Marx
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      NGC 602 - Cluster in SMC, 


            Steven Marx


    NGC 602 - Cluster in SMC, 


            Steven Marx