Solar composition star cluster

New observations of the richly populated star cluster NGC 2420 taken by the refurbished WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory suggest that the cluster contains a multitude of clues about the history and evolution of the Milky Way. NGC 2420 consists of approximately 1,000 stars packed into a roughly spherical volume of space just 30 light-years in diameter. Because all of the stars in a star cluster have similar ages and initial compositions, star clusters can be used as a laboratory to study many different areas of astronomy. Further details of this interesting result can be found in NOAO press release 02-04.

Credit:

WIYN/NOIRLab/NSF

About the Image

Id:noao0203a
Type:Observation
Release date:June 3, 2002
Related releases:noao0203
Related announcements:noaoann02007
Size:800 x 800 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2420
Constellation:Gemini
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 38 28.19
Position (Dec):21° 29' 58.01"
Field of view:15.89 x 15.89 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical


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WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope