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This glittering ball of stars is a globular cluster lying toward the center of the Large Magellanic Cloud — one of our closest cosmic neighbors. Seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble
), it hosts an extremely rich population of star clusters making it an ideal laboratory for investigating star formation.
Discovered in November 1834 by British astronomer John Herschel, NGC 1898 has been scrutinized numerous times by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Today we know that globular clusters are some of the oldest known objects in the universe and that they are relics of the first epochs of galaxy formation. While we already have a pretty good picture on the globular clusters of the Milky Way — still with many unanswered questions — our studies on globular clusters in nearby dwarf galaxies just started. The observations of NGC 1898 will help to determine whether their properties are similar to the ones found in the Milky Way, or if they have different features, due to being in a different cosmic environment.
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
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