Open Clusters

Read section 8.5a and answer question 7.

Figure 8.8 Open Cluster Properties (M44)

Composition: Population I stars
Lifespan: 100 million years
Number of stars: 1,000 to 10,000

Open (or galactic) clusters are physically related groups of stars which formed together by are not massive enough to be held together by mutual gravitational attraction. They originate from large cosmic gas/dust clouds in the Milky

Open (or galactic) clusters are physically related groups of stars which formed together by are not massive enough to be held together by mutual gravitational attraction. They originate from large cosmic gas/dust clouds in the Milky Way and continue to orbit the galaxy, in the disk. In many diffuse nebulae, clouds forming stars are visible in the infrared so that we can observe the formation of new young open star clusters at this moment.

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Figure 8.9 Distribution of 114 Open ClustersDistribution of 114 Open Star Clusters

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