Globular Cluster NGC 362 imaged with UVIT

NGC 362 is a globular cluster in the constellation Tucana, in the northern edge of our satellite galaxy known as the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The tightly packed stars which appear as white spot in the image form the core of the cluster. The light blue dots surrounding the cluster core are extreme horizontal branch stars. These stars undergo helium fusion in their cores and have very thin hydrogen envelope. The bright blue dots scattered all over the image are hot, young stars in the SMC. This is a false color composite image, where the light detected by the FUV and NV channels of the UVIT are colored in blue and yellow respectively.

Credits: UVIT Team/ISRO/CSA