Star-forming region NGC 602 in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) – ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Otherwise known as N90, this is a classic region for the study of star formation, boasting a well-defined pre-main sequence. More than 5,500 cluster members have been detected with HST, down to the 28th magnitude.

Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way.
The region, with Chandra X-ray (purple) and Spizter infrared (red) overlain on the Hubble optical image.

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