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The Colorful Star Cluster NGC 3590

Caption: This colorful new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590. These stars shine brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of dark patches of dust and richly hued clouds of glowing gas. This small stellar gathering gives astronomers clues about how these stars form and evolve -- as well as giving hints about the structure of our galaxy's pinwheeling arms.

Credit: ESO/G. Beccari

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