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Located in the outer regions of the Milky Way, in what is known as the galactic halo, NGC 6752 is a globular cluster, some 13,000 light-years distant from Earth, in the Southern Hemisphere constellation Pavo (the Peacock). The cluster’s core contains over 100,000 stars and is approximately 100 light-years in diameter. The cluster’s population comprises mainly older stars, thought to be about twice as old as our Sun. However, observations of the cluster have detected some very massive blue stars which seem too young in comparison to the cluster’s evident age. Astronomers speculate that these may be the result of mergers and collisions of stars in the cluster’s dense core.

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Globular Cluster NGC 6752