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Panning Star Cluster Messier 55

May 9, 2012

This pan video gives a closer look at a striking view of the globular star cluster Messier 55 in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer) that was obtained in infrared light with the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. This vast ball of ancient stars is located at a distance of about 17 000 light-years from Earth.  Credit:  ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.