M46 & M47: Young and Old Star Cluster

Astronomy Science ~ Many of the stars formed in a cluster (constellation). This open star clusters are relatively young of stars are shinin...

Astronomy Science ~ Many of the stars formed in a cluster (constellation). This open star clusters are relatively young of stars are shining brightly born together near the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Separated by about one degree in the sky, two nice examples are the M46 star cluster (upper left) 5,400 light-years away in the distance and M47 (middle right) only 1,600 light-years away towards the constellation of Puppis. Around 300 million years young galaxy M46 contains a few hundred stars in the area with a diagonal of about 30 light-years away. 80 million years old, the galaxy M47 is a smaller constellation but more loosely consisting of about 50 stars spanning 10 light-years. But it also contains a portrait of a young star smugglers.

Small speck in the form of colorful gas that glow in M46 is actually the planetary nebula NGC 2438 - the final stage in the life of a solar-type star billions of years old. NGC 2438 is estimated at only 3,000 light-years away and probably a foreground object, which is only incidentally emerged between the line of sight between us and the young.

Small speck in the form of colorful gas that glow in M46 is actually the planetary nebula NGC 2438 - the final stage in the life of a solar-type star billions of years old. NGC 2438 is estimated at only 3,000 light-years away and probably a foreground object, which is only incidentally emerged between the line of sight between us and the young.
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