dec 312012
Anne's Picture of the Day: Star Cluster NGC 602

December 31, 2012 NGC 602, an open star cluster in a star-forming cloud Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA) NGC 602 is a young, bright open star cluster surrounded by N90, a star-forming cloud of natal gas and dust of about 90 light-years across, located some 196,000 light-years away [continue reading]

dec 242012
Anne's Picture of the Day: The Christmas Tree Cluster

December 24, 2012 The Christmas Tree Cluster, a star cluster in Monoceros Image Credit: SIRTF/NASA/ESA The Christmas Tree Cluster (NGC 2264) is a young triangular-shaped open cluster of stars embedded in a star-forming cloud, located around 2600 light-years away in the north-eastern corner of the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn), while it is moving away [continue reading]