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Look: Stellar New Shot of the 'Beehive' Star Cluster

A brilliant new shot of a neighboring star formation
Bob Franke/NASA
On Saturday, Feb. 22, NASA released this new image, shot by Bob Franke, of the M44 star cluster.

Also referred to as the Praesepe, or "Beehive" cluster, the M44 is one of our solar system's closest neighbors, at 600 light-years away.

The Beehive is so-called because of its shape. It is a relatively young group of stars, roughly 600 million years old (our Sun is 4.5 billion years old.) Galileo discovered it using a telescope in 1609.

The brilliant mass of stars definitely makes for a buzz-worthy photo!


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