Bright young stars – NGC 2547


Credit: ESO

A lovely image from the 2.2 m telescope at La Silla observatory in Chile of the bright star cluster NGC 2547 which resides in the southern constellation of Vela.

The open cluster of bright young stars which are blue in colour are estimated to be between 20-35 million years old, very young in comparison to our Sun for example which is 4.6 billion years old.

The open star cluster is some about 1500 light years away.

However if you click on the image and give it closer inspection, many more distant objects and galaxies can be seen behind the star cluster, located along the same line of sight but many millions of light years further away.

For more information follow the ESO link below:

ESO – eso1316 – Young, Hot and Blue.