NGC 299

The Toucan and the clusterNGC 299 is an open star cluster located within the Small Magellanic Cloud about 200,000 light-years away. Open clusters are groups of stars  of which formed from the same massive cloud of gas and dust and are loosely held together by gravity. All the stars have roughly the same age and composition, but they vary in their mass because they formed at different positions within the cloud.

Image Credit: ESA / NASA

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