‘Wishing Well’ Star Cluster

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‘Wishing Well’ Star Cluster
Release Date: February 8, 2018
Keywords: LORRI
For a short time, this New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) frame of the galactic open star cluster NGC 3532 (known as the “Wishing Well”), taken Dec. 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever made by a spacecraft, breaking a 27-year record set by Voyager 1. New Horizons was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers, or 40.9 astronomical units) from Earth when LORRI took the routine calibration image.

About two hours later, New Horizons broke the record again with images of two Kuiper Belt objects.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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