M3: Inconstant Star Cluster

NGC 5272 :: new link

APOD: 2007 April 15 – M3: Inconstant Star Cluster:

Star clusters appear constant because photographs of them are frozen in time. In reality, though, cluster stars swarm the center and frequently fluctuate in brightness. Although the time it takes for stars to cross a cluster is about 100,000 years, the time it takes for a star to fluctuate noticeably can be less than one night. In fact, the above time lapse movie of bright globular cluster M3 was taken over a single night…

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