Salute to these Ugandans who just held their first Pride parade. In Uganda, the punishment for being homosexual is death.
8,000 light-years from Earth lies the incredible NGC 3292 star cluster in the constellation of Carina. Most of the stars seen here are very young, and the cluster itself is less than 10 million years old. Comparatively, our Sun is 4.6 billion years old and is only halfway through its lifecycle.
NGC 3292 is an “open cluster”, formed from a giant cloud of molecular gas. The stars are held together by their mutual gravitational attraction. But these forces are not enough to hold a cluster together against close encounters with other clusters and clouds of gas as the cluster’s own gas and dust dissipates. So, open clusters will only last a few hundred million years, unlike larger globular clusters, which can survive for billions of years, and hold on to far more stars.
(Image credit: La Silla Observatory in Chile, ESO/G. Beccari)
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