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A Portal to the Past: Hubble Reveals an Ancient Witness to a Galactic Merger


Globular Cluster NGC 2005

This Hubble Space Telescope image features the globular cluster NGC 2005. It is located about 750 light-years from the Large Magellanic Cloud’s center, and about 162,000 light-years from Earth. This cluster is an example of ancient cosmic structures, holding potentially millions of old stars that offer insights similar to fossils on Earth, revealing characteristics of ancient stars. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, F. Niederhofer, L. Girardi

NGC 2005, a globular cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud, serves as a crucial piece of evidence supporting the theory of galaxies evolving through mergers.

This mesmerizing image from the globular cluster NGC 2005. While it is not unusual in and of itself, it is a peculiarity in relation to its surroundings.

NGC 2005 is located about 750 light-years from the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which is the



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