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NASA shares image of ancient cluster formed after mega-merger between galaxies, check post

NASA shared a sparkling image of NGC 2005, a globular cluster. According to multiple theories, it is believed to have formed due to this merger. The cluster is located 750 light-years from the Large Magellanic Cloud, containing millions of old stars.

NASA images are a good way to understand the universe and attempt to decode its mysteries. (NASA)Premium
NASA images are a good way to understand the universe and attempt to decode its mysteries. (NASA)

The National Space Aeronautics and Space Administration recently shared a sparkling image from the universe which beautifully captured a view, which can be called an aftermath of mega merger between two galaxies. In the image shared by the US Space agency on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), people can enjoy the sparkling view of NGC 2005, a globular cluster, which is assumed to have come into existence because of a merger between two galaxies.

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About NGC 2005

NGC 2005 is a globular cluster located in the universe. According to theories presented by most of the scientists, such globular clusters are evolved via mergers of galaxies.

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NGC 2005 can be traced about 750 light-years from the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which is the Milky Way’s largest satellite galaxy some 162,000 light-years from Earth.

What are globular clusters?

Globular clusters are densely packed groups of stars that can hold tens of thousands or millions of stars. Their density is a proof that they are stable. It is also a testimony of their longevity.

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Globular clusters can be billions of years old, and are often comprised of very old stars. Studying globular clusters in space can be a little like studying fossils on Earth: where fossils give insights into the characteristics of ancient plants and animals, globular clusters illuminate the characteristics of ancient stars.

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The NGC 2005 can be assumed as an ancient witness of the long-past merger between two galaxies. To support this theory, NASA highlighted the fact that NGC 2005’s stars have a chemical composition that is distinct from the stars around it in the LMC. The distinction suggests that the LMC went through a merger with another galaxy long back. The NASA image was captured by its Hubble space telescope.

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Published: 16 Jun 2024, 07:09 AM IST
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