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NGC 346
Imaged by Martin S. Ferlito copyright
Gstar-EX Integrating Video Camera

NGC 346 is an open cluster with associated nebula. NGC 346 is the brightest star forming nursery in the  "Small Magellanic Cloud" being 210,000 light-years from Earth and is a dwarf satellite Galaxy of our own Milky Way. What I like about this object is that the brightness of the open star cluster “NGC 346” which consists of many massive young stars, illuminates the Nebula complex named N66 which is approximately 200 light years across, and resides in the constellation Tucana. Without NGC 346 the nebulosity of N66 may not be detected but would still however leave us with a beautiful open cluster none the less.


 


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