NGC 290

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NGC 290
A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of NGC 290.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension00h 51m 12.33s[1]
Declination−73° 09′ 42.1″[1]
Distance200 kly (61 kpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.71[1]
Physical characteristics
Mass5.8×103[3] M
Radius~33 ly (10 pc)[2]
Estimated age63[4] Myr
30±10[5] Myr
Other designationsCl Lindsay 42, ESO 029-19, OGLE-CL SMC 69[6]
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 290 is an open cluster of stars in the southern constellation of Tucana. This cluster was discovered September 5, 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop.[7] It lies some 200,000 light years away from the Sun in the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy.[8][2] The cluster is an estimated 30[5]–63[4] million years old and is around 65 light years across.[2][9]

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  1. ^ a b c Rafelski, Marc; Zaritsky, Dennis (June 2005). "The Star Clusters of the Small Magellanic Cloud: Age Distribution". The Astronomical Journal. 129 (6): 2701–2713. arXiv:astro-ph/0408186. Bibcode:2005AJ....129.2701R. doi:10.1086/424938.
  2. ^ a b c d "Open Star Cluster NGC 290". ESA Science & Technology. April 18, 2006. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  3. ^ Gatto, M.; Ripepi, V.; Bellazzini, M.; Tosi, M.; Cignoni, M.; Tortora, C.; Leccia, S.; Clementini, G.; Grebel, E. K.; Longo, G.; Marconi, M.; Musella, I. (2021). "STEP survey – II. Structural analysis of 170 star clusters in the SMC". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 507 (3): 3312–3330. doi:10.1093/mnras/stab2297.
  4. ^ a b Chiosi, E.; Vallenari, A. (April 2007). "Three clusters of the SMC from ACS/WFC HST archive data: NGC 265, K 29 and NGC 290 and their field population". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 466 (1): 165–179. arXiv:astro-ph/0702281. Bibcode:2007A&A...466..165C. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20066834.
  5. ^ a b Carvalho, L.; et al. (July 2008). "Structures in surface-brightness profiles of LMC and SMC star clusters: evidence of mergers?". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 485 (1): 71–80. arXiv:0804.4110. Bibcode:2008A&A...485...71C. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20079298.
  6. ^ "NGC 290". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2007-04-07.
  7. ^ Seligman, Courtney. "NGC Objects: NGC 250 - 299". Celestial Atlas. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  8. ^ Nemiroff, R.; Bonnell, J., eds. (1 May 2006). "Open Cluster NGC 290: A Stellar Jewel Box". Astronomy Picture of the Day. NASA. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  9. ^ "Magellanic gemstone in the southern sky". Retrieved September 29, 2012.

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