Hubble photographed the globular cluster Terzan 1

The Hubble mission support team has published a new image of a deep space object obtained by the space telescope. It depicts the globular cluster Terzan 1. 

The Terzan 1 globular cluster (Hubble telescope photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Cohen

The Terzan 1 cluster is located at a distance of 21.8 thousand light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Scorpius. It is a group of stars bound by gravity and orbiting the galactic center as a single moon.

Of all the globular clusters known to date, Terzan 1 is located at the smallest distance from the core of the Milky Way. They are separated by a distance of 4,200 light-years. Terzan 1 is also home to an X-ray source. It was opened in the early 1980s.

It is worth noting that Terzan 1 is an “old acquaintance” for Hubble. Previously, the telescope had already photographed this cluster. The difference is that the previous picture was taken with the WFPC2 camera, while the new photo was taken with the WFPC3 camera. It was installed on Hubble during the last maintenance mission in 2009, and it has a higher resolution and field of view than its predecessor.

Earlier we talked about how the Hubble and James Webb Telescopes made a joint portrait of two galaxies.

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