|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||01h 29m 32.133s|
|Declination||−73° 33′ 38.13″|
|Distance||196 kly (61 kpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||- />|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||1′.5 × 0′.7|
|Estimated age||5 My|
|See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters|
NGC 602 is a young, bright open cluster of stars located in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. Radiation and shock waves from the stars have pushed away much of the lighter surrounding gas and dust that compose the nebula known as N90, and this in turn has triggered new star formation in the ridges (or "elephant trunks") of the nebula. These even younger, pre-main sequence stars are still enshrouded in dust but are visible to the Spitzer Space Telescope at infrared wavelengths. The cluster is of particular interest because it is located in the wing of the SMC leading to the Magellanic Bridge. Hence, while its chemical properties should be similar to those of the rest of the galaxy, it is relatively isolated and so easier to study.
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- "New Stars Shed Light On The Past". Science Daily. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-02-09.
Media related to NGC 602 at Wikimedia Commons
- Jan 8, 2007 NASA/ESA HST news and photo release on N90 (at the heart of which lies NGC 602)
- NASA/ESA video 'Zooming on NGC 602' (Hubble Space Telescope)
- NGC 602 @ SEDS NGC objects pages\
- "Progressive star formation in the young SMC cluster NGC 602" Carlson, L. R., et al., 2007 ApJL 665, 109
- "The Initial Mass Function of the Stellar Association NGC 602 in the Small Magellanic Cloud with Hubble Space Telescope ACS Observations" Schmalzl, M., et al. 2008 ApJ 681, 290
- "NGC 602 Environment, Kinematics and Origins" Nigra, L., et al., 2008 PASP 120, 972