“If I take dust in my hand and ask you if that is all the dust there is, you will answer that dust is everywhere on earth. More specks than can ever be numbered. So I can give you a handful of truth only. Besides this there are other truths. More than can ever be numbered.” -Nadeem Aslam
Some objects in the night sky are more unusual than others in appearance. In particular, when we find something out-of-the-ordinary, like a normally spherical class of objects that looks flattened, it's only natural to wonder why.
But what might be a more interesting question -- and certainly a more profound question -- is whether we can trust this cluster's appearance at all? Is it flattened, or is something faking us out, and if so, what?