There is a 'camouflaged' star cluster between Earth and Orion

A team of researchers, including Hervé Bouy, of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), has discovered a "camouflaged" star cluster between the Earth and the Orion Nebula. This finding occurred when scientists made new observations of the Orion Nebula and spotted a massive cluster of slightly older stars just in front of the nebula.

   According to experts have indicated, the existence of this stellar population was not completely unknown, however it had not been revealed that it had a massive population of stars and it was not known that it is not distributed as uniformly as other clusters located in its environment .

   In this way, the scientists emphasize that the importance of this discovery is twofold. On the one hand, the new identified cluster is a brother slightly older than the Trapezium Cluster, which is in the heart of the Orion Nebula. On the other hand, what astronomers have been calling the Orion Nebula Cluster is, in reality, a complicated mixture of these two clusters, to which other stars of the Milky Way are added, apart from both clusters.

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Fuente: Europa Press

 

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