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August 17, 2006 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-37

Hubble Sees Faintest Stars in a Globular Cluster

August 17, 2006: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered what astronomers are reporting as the dimmest stars ever seen in any globular star cluster. Globular clusters are spherical concentrations of hundreds of thousands of stars.

These clusters formed early in the 13.7-billion-year-old universe. The cluster NGC 6397 is one of the closest globular star clusters to Earth. Seeing the whole range of stars in this area will yield insights into the age, origin, and evolution of the cluster.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Richer (University of British Columbia)