NGC 602 (Open Cluster)

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NGC 602
Open Cluster (散開星団)

別名 (Other names)
ESO 29-SC43 in SMC

距離 (Distance)
196,000光年 (196,000 light-years)

星座 (Constellation)
みずへび座 (Hyi) (Hydrus)

NGC 602 is an open cluster located 196,000 light years from the Earth in the constellation Hydrus.

NGC 602 (Open Cluster) : Picture

NGC 602
NGC 602 and Beyond
(C) NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region. Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic Cloud, the picture spans about 200 light-years, but a tantalizing assortment of background galaxies are also visible in the sharp Hubble view. The background galaxies are hundreds of millions of light-years or more beyond NGC 602.

NGC 602
NGC 602

NGC 602 (Open Cluster) : Movie

NGC 602 in 60 Seconds
The Small Magellanic Cloud - also known as the SMC - is one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way.
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