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Shimmerings
Enchanted Learning® Photoblog      Posted October 26, 2013   2:00 am

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Messier 35 Open Star Cluster
 
Messier 35 Open Star Cluster

At the center of this photo is Messier 35 (M35, NGC 2168), an open star cluster 2800 light-years away, in the constellation Gemini.

M35 contains hundreds of stars, all within an area of the sky about the size of the full moon. This star cluster is only about 100 million years old; when M35 was forming, the dinosaurs were walking the Earth.
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Date taken: October 24, 2013
Place taken: Mercer Island, WA, USA
Mitchell Spector
Copyright ©2013 Enchanted Learning, LLC

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