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Open Cluster in Centaurus
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The Lambda Centauri Cluster lies at the heart of the nebula IC 2948, popularly known as the Running Chicken Nebula, and the energy from the cluster's stars illuminates the surrounding gases. The bright star seen here to the northwest of the cluster is Lambda Centauri, from which the cluster takes its name (although in fact Lambda Centauri is a foreground star, and does not belong to the open cluster that shares its name). Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas
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