This rich and dense smattering of stars is a massive globular cluster, a gravitationally-bound collection of stars that orbits the Milky Way. Globular clusters are denser and more spherical than open star clusters like the famous Pleiades. They typically contain hundreds of thousands of stars that are thought to have formed at roughly the same time.
Studies have shown that this globular cluster, named NGC 6139, is home to an aging population of stars. Most globular clusters orbiting the Milky Way are estimated to be over 10 billion years old; as a result they contain some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, formed very early in the galaxy’s history. However, their role in galactic evolution is still a matter of study.
This cluster is seen roughly in the direction of the centre of the Milky Way, in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). This constellation is a goldmine of fascinating astronomical objects. Hubble has set its sights on Scorpius many times to observe objects such as the butterfly-like Bug Nebula, surprising binary star systems, and other dazzling globular clusters.
New Zealand's night sky is one of the reasons I moved out here and I have not been disappointed! Yes, that's me in the first pic and these have all been taken at the Red Rocks and Wairarapa by @scottgarrettnz, up and coming astrophotographer! Tai is the driver, Scott is the photographer and I'm the observer/director #myteamsawesome
It’s another really hot day for dancing at Harbourside festival later with my girls. So here’s a post in blues and greens to cool us down, on a tucked away wall by @cheba_bristol - good luck to my #sweatsisters, stars that we are
I took this photo at Galileo Museum, Florence. These are the first telescopes ever built, in 1609, by Galileo Galilei. He was able for the first time in human history to see the moon closely and observe craters, mountains. He also discovered Jupiter’s 4 major moons. In the second photo you can see the drawings made by Galielo himself to represent what he saw in his telescope in 1616.
Sometimes when I'm feeling down, I need to remind myself that I am truly an awesome creature. I'm literally made of Stardust. We all are. And oddly, reminding myself of that gives a supercharge to my soul.
What do you do to "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" if you will? Let me know down in the comments. Let's help each other.