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First Light: Palomar 5

Palomar 5

This is the globular cluster Palomar 5, which is a cluster of stars orbiting the Milky Way at a distance of 210 thousand light years. Most of the fainter stars in the picture belong the to cluster; the brighter stars are foreground stars elsewhere in the Milky Way.
Image credit: SDSS Collaboration

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