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stellar cluster

(star cluster)
(group of stars apparently formed by a single cloud)

A stellar cluster or star cluster is a general term including both globular clusters and open clusters, consisting of groups of stars near each other, with other similarities that suggest their formation is from a single cloud. The distinction between globular versus open clusters is that the former are tightly bound by gravity and the latter is more loosely bound.

A moving group or kinematic group is a looser group of similar stars that are generally moving together. Such a group is presumed to be the remnant of a stellar cluster. Often the stars are old, perhaps older than typical for an open cluster.

(stars,galaxies,star clusters)

Referenced by:
field star
galaxy cluster (CL)
main sequence fitting
Messier Catalog (M)
rare designator prefixes
signatures of formation
stellar age determination
stellar dynamics
stellar encounter
tidal arm
virial theorem