Hubble Globular Cluster NGC 2005
NASA / ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures the star studded globular cluster NGC 2005, located 162,000 light-years away in the constellation of Dorado. Astronomers believe studying globular clusters in space is similar to analyzing fossils on Earth, as the former illuminates the characteristics of ancient stars.


Hubble Globular Cluster NGC 2005
In the image above, we can see NGC 2005 appearing as a highly dense and numerous collection of shining stars. Some of these stars are a bit larger and brighter than others, with the brightest having cross-shaped spikes around them. They are mostly uniformly scattered, but in the center they are crowded together more densely, and merge into a strong glow at its core.

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NGC 2005 is such a globular cluster, and its very existence has provided evidence to support the theory of galaxy evolution via mergers. Indeed, the stars in NGC 2005 have a chemical composition that is distinct from the stars in the LMC around it. This suggests that the LMC underwent a merger with another galaxy somewhere in its history,” said the ESA.

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