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  The globular cluster NGC 6388 observed by the European Southern Observatory
     
The globular cluster NGC 6388 observed by the European Southern Observatory
Image credit: ESO, F. Ferraro (University of Bologna)

Uploader comment: This image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows NGC 6388, a dynamically middle-aged globular cluster in the Milky Way. While the cluster formed in the distant past (like all globular clusters, it is over ten billion years old), a study of the distribution of bright blue stars within the cluster shows that it has aged at a moderate speed, and its heaviest stars are in the process of migrating to the centre.

   

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