Where All The Hottest Stars Gather

Article written: 2 May , 2012
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015


An ESO telescope captures a group of hot young stars that would outshine any Hollywood party!

At the upper left of this image is the star cluster NGC 6604, a grouping of hot young stars within a larger collection located in the sky near the much more famous Eagle Nebula (of “Pillars of Creation” fame.) The young stars, which burn bright and blue, are helping make a new generation of stars with their strong stellar winds, which condense nearby gas and dust into even more star-forming regions.

Eventually the new stars will replace the ones seen here, which, although big and bright, will quickly burn through their stellar fuel and fade. Such is the life cycle of massive stars — live fast and die young.

This image was acquired by the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. NGC 6604 is about 5,500 light-years from Earth, located in the constellation Serpens. Read more on the ESO news release here.

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8 Responses

  1. I don’t see any star cluster into upper right of this image.

  2. justafan says

    Your other right.

  3. justafan says

    Your other right.

  4. Seeing that star cluster NGC 6604, always bring me into same question inside my head:

    ‘is there any life-form, any civilization out there?’

    NGC 6604 look not friendly to support human life, but I don’t know with other creature, maybe they breathe with methane gases, maybe they are not carbon-based, or whatsoever. Often we have false perception, if there is no oxygen, then there is impossible for other creature life there. We just see things, judge them based on our (human) standart.

    -just saying-

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