NGC 6791

NGC 6791 Mystery Star Cluster has 3 different birthdays

NGC 6791 Mystery Star Cluster has 3 different birthdays
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NGC 6791 is an open star cluster in the Lyra constellation.It was discovered by Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke in 1853. At roughly 8 billion years old, and with an Iron to Hydrogen abundance ratio that is more than twice that of the Sun, it is one of the oldest and most metal-rich clusters in the Milky Way. This is contrary to the typical rule-of-thumb where older means more metal-poor. Compounded with the fact that it has an unusually high population of stars, NGC 6791 is among the most studied clusters in the sky.