New Hubble Photo of NGC 6362

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New Hubble Photo of NGC 6362
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When I saw this photo I just about fainted … and I had to share it ! … I found out about it from an email newsletter but the photo was small … So I Googled it until I found this large version.

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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope offers an impressive view of the centre of globular cluster NGC 6362. The image of this spherical collection of stars takes a deeper look at the core of the globular cluster, which contains a high concentration of stars with different colours.

Tightly bound by gravity, globular clusters are composed of old stars, which, at around 10 billion years old, are much older than the Sun. These clusters are fairly common, with more than 150 currently known in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and more which have been spotted in other galaxies.

Globular clusters are among the oldest structures in the Universe that are accessible to direct observational investigation, making them living fossils from the early years of the cosmos.

Astronomers infer important properties of globular clusters by looking at the light from their constituent stars. For many years, they were regarded as ideal laboratories for testing the standard stellar evolution theory. Among other things, this theory suggests that most of the stars within a globular cluster should be of a similar age.

Recently, however, high precision measurements performed in numerous globular clusters, primarily with the Hubble Space Telescope, has led some to question this widely accepted theory. In particular, certain stars appear younger and bluer than their companions, and they have been dubbed blue stragglers. NGC 6362 contains many of these stars.

Since they are usually found in the core regions of clusters, where the concentration of stars is large, the most likely explanation for this unexpected population of objects seems to be that they could be either the result of stellar collisions or transfer of material between stars in binary systems. This influx of new material would heat up the star and make it appear younger than its neighbors.

NGC 6362 is located about 25 000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Ara (The Altar). British astronomer James Dunlop first observed this globular cluster on 30 June 1826.

This image was created combining ultraviolet, visual and infrared images taken with the Wide Field Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3. An image image of NGC 6362 taken by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope will be published by the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday. See it on

Live TV Interview at COMEX 2014 – Another perspective
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Surprisingly, this Channel 8 TV interview did not appear anywhere in the evening or late night news on TV that day and seems to have been omitted.

Maybe there was not enough airtime to slot this in anywhere. Which makes me wonder where did the recorded footage of all this went…

Archive: A Leonids Fireball (NASA, Marshall, 2002)
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Editor’s note: NASA’s Marshall Center will be offering a live telescope view of the skies tonight, Nov. 16. Watch for Leonids here:…. The moon will be dim and the weather is clear, so there should be good viewing conditions tonight over Huntsville, Ala. Happy viewing to all! 🙂

Archive image: This image is a false-color video still from the 2002 Leonid meteor shower, seen through a camera operated by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office at Marshall Space Flight Center. The 20-second video can be seen here:….

More information:, The 2012 Leonid meteor shower peaks on the night/morning of Nov. 16-17. If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a mild but pretty sprinkling of meteors over North America, followed by a more intense outburst over Asia. The new moon will set the stage for what could be one of the best Leonid showers in years.

"We’re predicting 20-30 meteors per hour over the Americas, and as many as 200-300 per hour over Asia," says Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. "Our forecast is in good accord with independent theoretical work by other astronomers."

The Marshall Center will offer a live Ustream telescope view of the skies over Huntsville, Ala., on the night of Nov. 16-17. Clear weather is forecast, so make plans to share our skies if your local weather doesn’t cooperate. The live Ustream feed will be embedded on this page on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 16.

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Image/video credit: NASA/MSFC/MEO/Bill Cooke

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