Image of the Day: Dazzling Trumpler 14 star cluster

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Jan 30, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Intense starlight may temporarily blind you with its intoxicating glare in these stunning new photos from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.  Cataloged as the Trumpler 14 Star Cluster, this sparkling region of the galaxy some 8,000 light-years from Earth, deep in the Carina Nebula, is home to a bold number of brilliant young stars, and this wondrous new image captures their heavenly light in every radiant ray.


But just as Dr. Eldon Tyrell once told Nexus 6 replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, "The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long."  This eye-catching concentration of approximately 2,000 blue-white stars, most averaging 500,000 years old, will flare out in spectacular supernovae some time a mere million years or so from now.  Drink in their dazzling doomed display while you can.


(Via Gizmodo)

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