March 30, 2012 AT 11:20 am

Zoom Into Messier 9

This movie (which you should definitely watch in HD) ends with new images of Messier 9 from the Hubble Telescope, which at full size resolves over 250,000 individual stars. More from Universe Today:

First discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, the globular cluster Messier 9 is a vast swarm of ancient stars located 25,000 light-years away, close to the center of the galaxy. Too distant to be seen with the naked eye, the cluster’s innermost stars have never been individually resolved… until now.

This image from the Hubble Space Telescope is the most detailed view yet into Messier 9, capturing details of over 250,000 stars within it. Stars’ shape, size and color can be determined — giving astronomers more clues as to what the cluster’s stars are made of. (Download a large 10 mb JPEG file here.)

Wow!

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