Random star field in Puppis
AAO image reference AAT 115.    « Previous || Next »

random field of stars
Top is W, left is N. Image width is about 58 arc min
Image and text © 2000-2010, Australian Astronomical Observatory, photograph by David Malin.

This is a random star field in Puppis. If all the sky could be seen in colour to this quite faint limiting magnitude, it would be obvious that most of the faint stars were yellow with very few faint blue ones amongst them, while most of the very bright stars -- those that make up the constellations -- were blue, with only a few yellow ones amongst them.

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Updated by David Malin, 2010, August 1