Cluster’s Advanced Age in Razor-sharp Focus

Gemini Observatory GeMS image of NGC 6624 revealing individual stars to the cluster’s core. The Cluster’s age as determined with this study is between 11.5-12.5 billion years old, which confirms that it formed when the Universe was only a fraction of its current age of about 13.8 billion years. Composite color image by Travis Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Credit:

Gemini Observatory/AURA.

About the Image

Id:gemini1609b
Type:Observation
Release date:Oct. 12, 2016
Related releases:gemini1609
Size:4696 x 4676 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6624
Category:Star Clusters

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