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ESO Photo Release eso1220: VISTA Views a Vast Ball of Stars. A new image of Messier 55 from ESO's VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees. Besides being packed into a relatively small space, these stars are also among the oldest ...

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9 May 2012

A new image of Messier 55 from ESO's VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees. Besides being packed into a relatively small space, these stars are also among the oldest in the Universe. Astronomers study Messier 55 and other ancient objects like it, called globular clusters, to learn how galaxies evolve and stars age.

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Space Scoop - the children's version of this release is available at: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1220/kids/

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9 May 2012

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