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Globular cluster gallery

These images portray the intense magnificence of globular clusters.
Like a starry metropolis, a globular cluster packs millions of residents into an overcrowded region so unthinkably small that those of us in the galaxy's suburbs wonder how stars could survive in such a competitive, high-pressure environment. Yet from far away, these dense stellar districts look calm and magnificent, like the towering spires of a city skyline. These images capture the splendor of a few globular clusters. To learn more about these beautiful and complicated star clusters, read "Gr...

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