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First Light: Palomar 5
This is the globular cluster Palomar 5, which is a cluster
of stars orbiting the Milky Way at a distance of 210 thousand light years.
Most of the fainter stars in the picture belong the to cluster; the
brighter stars are foreground stars elsewhere in the Milky Way.
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