Hubble provides closeup of 100,000 stars in M15 near our galaxy’s center

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[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Hubble, NASA]

m15clusterStars, like bees, swarm around the center of bright globular cluster M15.

This ball of over 100,000 stars is a relic from the early years of our Galaxy, and continues to orbit the Milky Way’s center.

M15, one of about 170 globular clusters remaining, is noted for being easily visible with only binoculars, having at its center one of the densest concentrations of stars known, and containing a high abundance of variable stars and pulsars. Released only recently, this sharp image taken by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope … shows the dramatic increase in density of stars toward the cluster’s center.

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