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ESO 57-75 (2014)

A star cluster glowing softly in the void with faint, reddish background galaxies in the spaces between. This has sat in the archive since 2005. Almost a decade! ESO 57-75 was part of a study on globular clusters in the Magellanic Clouds.

Is it a globular cluster? I’m not sure. The other seven clusters of the survey feature a lot of variety. Some are very typical globular clusters in appearance while others are less dense like this one. The astronomers like to study the spectra of these especially. It’s like looking at your cat’s teeth to see how old it is. One big question is where the cat came from. Eh, who knows, but we love it anyway.

This image is possible thanks to the individuals responsible for proposal 10595.

Red: HST_10595_08_ACS_WFC_F814W_sci
Green: HST_10595_08_ACS_WFC_F555W_sci
Blue: HST_10595_08_ACS_WFC_F435W_sci

North is NOT up. It is 38° counter-clockwise from up.

Copyright information:
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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