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Globular cluster M5. Optical image of the globular star cluster M5 (NGC 5904)

Globular cluster M5. Optical image of the globular star cluster M5 (NGC 5904)

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Globular cluster M5. Optical image of the globular star cluster M5 (NGC 5904)

Globular cluster M5. Optical image of the globular star cluster M5 (NGC 5904). North is at top. This cluster of stars lies some 25, 000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens Caput. Globular clusters are huge balls of old stars which exist in a halo around our galaxy. M5 contains some 100, 000 stars in an sphere with a diameter of over 130 light years. It is around 13 billion years old, one of the oldest globular clusters known. The bright star below and to the left of M5 is 5 Serpentis

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This print showcases the mesmerizing beauty of Globular cluster M5, also known as NGC 5904. Located approximately 25, 000 light years away from Earth in the constellation Serpens Caput, this globular star cluster is a true celestial marvel. Globular clusters like M5 are colossal spheres composed of ancient stars that encircle our galaxy in a halo-like formation. Within its expansive diameter of over 130 light years, M5 houses an astounding number of stars - around 100, 000 to be precise. This makes it one of the largest and most populous globular clusters ever discovered. What truly sets M5 apart is its remarkable age; estimated to be around 13 billion years old, it stands as one of the oldest known globular clusters in existence. Its enduring presence throughout cosmic history serves as a testament to the resilience and longevity of these celestial structures. In this optical image captured by Science Photo Library, we witness the ethereal glow emanating from within M5's densely packed stellar congregation. The bright star positioned below and to the left adds an extra touch of brilliance to this already awe-inspiring scene. As we gaze upon this extraordinary photograph, we are reminded once again of the vastness and grandeur that lies beyond our planet's boundaries - a reminder that humbles us while igniting our curiosity about the mysteries awaiting discovery in our universe.

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