Stunning Look At Star Cluster NGC 602 and Beyond!

Stunning Look At Star Cluster NGC 602 and Beyond
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Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies the 5 million years young star cluster NGC 602.

Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region, augmented by images in the X-ray by Chandra, and in the infrared by Spitzer.

Stunning Look At Star Cluster NGC 602 and Beyond
Stunning Look At Star Cluster NGC 602 and Beyond!

Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602’s massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster’s center.

At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic Cloud, the picture spans about 200 light-years, but a tantalizing assortment of background galaxies are also visible in this sharp multi-colored view.

The background galaxies are hundreds of millions of light-years or more beyond NGC 602.

Image Credit: X-ray: Chandra: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; 
Optical: Hubble: NASA/STScI; Infrared: Spitzer: NASA/JPL-Caltech

via Astronomy Picture of the Day

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