Although the Quintuplet Cluster gained its name due to its five brightest stars,…


Although the Quintuplet Cluster gained its name due to its five brightest stars, it is home to hundreds more. The huge number of massive young stars in the cluster is clearly captured in this Hubble Space Telescope image. The cluster is just 100 light-years from the center of our galaxy. The Quintuplet Cluster hosts two extremely rare luminous blue variable stars: the Pistol Star, one of the most luminous known stars in the Milky Way. The exact age and future of the Pistol Star are uncertain, but it is expected to end in a supernova or even a hypernova in one to three million years. The cluster also contains a number of red supergiants, the largest in the galaxy and are burning their fuel at an incredible speed, meaning they will have a very short lifetime.
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