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What cluster of stars is this with a “dark donut” to one side?

In the 2011 Sixty Symbols video Spy Satellites (from Deep Sky Videos) after about 01:44 amateur astrophotographer Nik Szymanek shows an image of a cluster of stars ...
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Is every star formed in an open star cluster?

As far as I understand, an open cluster is formed from a single molecular cloud, with each star in the cluster having roughly similar age and properties. Our Sun is not part of any star cluster, but ...
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Whereabouts of the Pleiades

I assume they should be in the Milky Way galaxy. I have read about it a little but did not find information on where they are. Which galaxy do the Pleiades belong to?
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Dataset for globular star cluster

Where can I find the dataset(s) for a globular star cluster? The datasets should have the coordinates, color index (for different wavelengths) , magnitude etc. of every star in the cluster. I want ...
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Dataset containing list of known globular clusters

Does anybody know if there is an existing dataset that consists of all known star clusters, their name, and their apparent dimensions or similar? Is it possible to make a query to, or download all ...
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Calculating obital velocity from radial velocity

I'm not really a physicist so I don't know if it's possible to get the real orbital velocity of a star from its radial velocity. I'm working on a paper for school and I want to get the mean velocity ...
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Help me identify a cluster [closed]

as I was browsing Nasa's Eyes few days ago, I saved a screenshot, but it seems text is blurrry, supher-485, first letter is S ends with er-485 from as I can read it kinda looked like Cosmic Web, ...
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Jacobi vs tidal radius for star cluster

The tidal radius is defined in King (1962) as: the value of r (the radius) at which f (the density profile) reaches zero... This also referred by King as the "limiting radius" written as (Eq 3): $...
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Open cluster membership determination via parallaxes

I'm working in my final course project and I'm using the recently released GAIA DR2 data. I want to determine open clusters membership and I know this has mainly been done using proper motions and ...
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Is it true that open clusters have $E > 0$ and globular clusters have $E < 0$?

I just need to confirm or refute something I'm believing since a very long time, maybe without real evidence. Can we distinguish stellar clusters by their total mechanical energy ? Is it true that ...
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Natural units of star clusters angular momentum and energy

I'm calculating the total angular momentum of a bunch of theoretical stars of a few solar masses, separated by a few light years, moving at velocities of about a few dozens of km / sec. Mechanical ...
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Understanding Scatter in Data collected for HR Plot

I was recently asked a question for a lab I am doing for an astronomy class where we collected data from the M44 cluster (through Google Sky) and used information about the Hyades cluster to estimate ...
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Pleiades galactic coordinates

Is there a practical way to determine the galactic coordinates directly from the equatorial system? Specifically, I can't find the $(l,b)$ for the Pleiades star cluster (M45) anywhere. I am trying ...
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Moving-Cluster method for determination of the distance of Hyades. A starter problem

I am currently following a class of observational astronomy lab. I will present a brief description of the method in first and then proceed to the question, so anyone is welcomed to read the entire ...
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What exactly is a stellar association?

What exactly is a "stellar association" in the strict kinematic sense?
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Astronomical databases for machine learning?

I was reading this question about open problems in astronomy. The bounty-receiving answer says that I have just left the field where some colleagues are trying to develop some software to use ...
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Stars in star clusters in SMC and LMC

Is there any catalog or any paper published in any journal that lists the stars discovered under whichever star cluster of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) they belong to? There is one for Large ...
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Is there a fundamental difference between a small galaxy, and a large star cluster?

For instance, If a large globular cluster were somehow ejected from its galaxy, and was observed by astronomers, would they call it a galaxy, or would there be characteristics of the star cluster that ...
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Who or what will the Arecibo message reach?

The Arecibo Message was aimed at the globular star cluster M13, but as far as I read, M13 will move out of the original position and thus not be able to receive it. So, who or what will be able to ...