Open cluster M26, in the constellation Scutum, as photographed at the Burrell Schmidt telescope of Case Western Reserve University's Warner and Swasey Observatory, located on Kitt Peak, near Tucson, Arizona. A fairly tight cluster, in this deep image it has to compete with a very populous background of Milky Way stars. It is about 5000 light-years away and around 90 million years old.
This approximately true-color picture was created from images taken in June
1996 using BVR colors, during the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
program operated at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Image size is 23.7 arc minutes.
Credit: Hillary Mathis, Vanessa Harvey, REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Infrared image of M26, created from photographic data obtained with the 2MASS telescopes. Field size is 20´ × 22.5´. In this false-color image, nearest IR is coded blue and farthest red; colors correspond to different IR wavelengths ("IR colors").
Last Modification: September 24, 2001