National Geographic News

Quintuplet Cluster

Photograph courtesy NASA

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope gives the clearest view ever of the Quintuplet star cluster, a massive collection of young stars 25,000 light-years from Earth but only a hundred light-years from the center of the Milky Way. The cluster's proximity to the core of our galaxy means it is destined to be ripped apart in just a few million years.

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