The large stellar association cataloged as
NGC 206 is
nestled within the dusty arms of neighboring
Andromeda (M31), 2.5 million light-years distant.
Seen near the center of
gorgeous close-up of the southwestern
Andromeda's disk, the bright, blue
NGC 206 indicate its youth.
Its youngest massive stars are less than 10 million years old.
Much larger than the clusters of young stars
in the disk
of our Milky Way galaxy known as open or galactic clusters,
spans about 4,000 light-years.
That's comparable in size to the giant stellar nurseries
NGC 604 in nearby spiral
M33 and the
in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Bob and Janice Fera