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The Hubble Space Telescope goes on a cosmic duck hunt and shoots a cluster



Messier 11 is known as the Wild Duck Cluster thanks to its bright "V" shape.


ESA / Hubble & NASA, P. Dobbie et al.

If the Hubble Space Telescope has a favorite NES game, it's probably duck hunting.

NASA and the European Space Agency this week have a Hubble view of a star-studded rendezvous called Wild Duck Cluster, which is very glittering moniker from an approximately V-shaped row of bright stars representing a group of migratory birds resemble those flying above them.

Messier 1

1 was founded about 220 million years ago and is classified as an open cluster.

"Open clusters tend to contain fewer and younger stars than their more compact globular relatives," explains ESA. This also means that the stars in an open cluster are easier to tear apart, which limits the future of the Wild Duck Cluster.

"Messier 11 is likely to disperse in a few million years as its members eject one from one pulled away from other celestial objects nearby," says ESA. Until then, we can enjoy the scenic star scene through the eyes of Hubble.


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