Even jewelry doesn’t shine this bright — only stars do. And almost every shimmering jewel in this glittering image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is a star, with some more red than our Sun, and a few that are more blue, but all of them are much farther away. It takes light approximately 8 minutes to reach Earth from the Sun, and NGC 1898 is so far away that it takes light about 160,000 years to get here. This massive globular star cluster, NGC 1898, resides in the central bar of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way Galaxy. Read more for another video and additional information.
“The featured multi-colored image includes light from the infrared to the ultraviolet and was taken to help determine if the stars of NGC 1898 all formed at the same time, or at different times. There are increasing indications that most globular clusters formed stars in stages, and that, in particular, stars from NGC 1898 formed shortly after ancient encounters with the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and our Milky Way Galaxy,” according to NASA.