Stars in the Flame Nebula

Flame Nebula - NASA
A cluster of stars, NGC 2024, in the Flame Nebula in the constellation of Orion

1,400 light years away from Earth lies the Flame Nebula in the constellation of Orion. Within it lie star clusters that are being studied by astronomers as they try and learn more about the birth of stars. This composite image was created using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. According to the latest research which combined the Chandra and Spitzer data, the stars at the center of this cluster (NGC 2024)  could be approximately 200,000 years old while those on the outskirts are likely to be about 1.5 million years in age.

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