Hubble captures image of Milky Way’s brightest stars

Hubble captures image of Milky Way’s brightest stars

Astronomers have discovered a distant star cluster that harbors the brightest stars in the Milky Way, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced.

The American space agency said in a statement that the star cluster dubbed Trumpler 14, which is located some 8,000 light years away, has the brightest stars that shine with a brilliance that even astonished astronomers.

The image of Trumpler 14 was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and named after Robert Julius Trumpler, a renowned 20th-century astronomer who developed an important star classification system.

NASA also noted that Trumpler 14 is not only one of the most populous star clusters with the brightest stars but also is quite young at age of 500,000 years, as compared with the Pleiades cluster’s age of 115 million years.

The space agency said in a statement, “Trumpler 14 is not only one of the most populous clusters within the Carina Nebula, but also the youngest. However, it is fast making up for lost time, forming stars at an incredible rate and putting on a stunning visual display.”

Maintaining its orbit 340 miles above Earth, the Hubble Space Telescope is able to capture really great pictures as it is doesn’t face haze of Earth’s atmosphere. The 27,000-pound telescope was launched in 1990.

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