NGC 1783 (2014)

Intermediate age globular cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud. I tried to guess a little better at what color this thing should be overall instead of going about it in a wholly arbitrary way but it’s still just a guess, even though I tried to use some math. I should probably find someone to ask for a clue on this because there must be a way to process things more accurately.

It looks a bit yellowish. If I had done this the way I usually do globular clusters, I would have made the overall color be as close to neutral as possible. Some especially red stars are almost invisible in the blue channel, shining most strongly in the near-infrared wavelength (F814W). There is a small group of blue stars at the lower edge of the frame. A tantalizing spiral galaxy is peeking out from behind a couple of bright stars near the middle right edge of the frame.

Conveniently, three wideband channels of color were available which is invariably more pleasant to look at than a two channel image with an interpolated green channel.

These data were collected by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of Proposal 10595 - A Reference Database for Accurate Ages and Metallicities of Globular Clusters in the Magellanic Clouds

Red: HST_10595_07_ACS_WFC_F814W_sci
Green: HST_10595_07_ACS_WFC_F555W_sci
Blue: HST_10595_07_ACS_WFC_F435W_sci

North is NOT up. It is 37.6° clockwise from up.

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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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