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Orphan HII Regions Near Stephan's Quintet

Astronomers using the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea have discovered four metal-rich HII regions studded with clusters of hot young stars well away from the compact group of galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet and its associated areas of star formation.

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A GMOS image of the compact group of galaxies Stephan's Quintet. Integration time was 450 seconds in the r' band and seeing averaged 0.8".
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