News tagged with cluster of stars

A family portrait of galaxies

(—Two very different galaxies feature in this family portrait taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, together forming a peculiar galaxy pair called Arp 116. The image shows the dramatic differences in size, ...

dateSep 06, 2012 in Astronomy
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Astronomers crack mystery of the 'monster stars'

( -- In 2010 scientists discovered four 'monster' sized stars, with the heaviest more than 300 times as massive as our Sun. Despite their incredible luminosity, these exotic objects, located in the giant star cluster ...

dateAug 07, 2012 in Astronomy
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How nature shapes the birth of stars

( -- Using state of the art computer simulations, a team of astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany have found the first evidence that the way in which stars form depends on their birth environment. The ...

dateMay 11, 2012 in Astronomy
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The survivors of a 13 billion year old massacre

( -- Our Milky Way galaxy is surrounded by some 200 compact groups of stars, containing up to a million stars each. At 13 billion years of age, these globular clusters are almost as old as the universe itself ...

dateFeb 14, 2012 in Astronomy
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A serendipitous gravitational lens

( -- The path traveled by a light beam will bend in the presence of matter. This remarkable prediction, reached by Einstein in his theory of general relativity, was confirmed by observations of the solar eclipse ...

dateNov 21, 2011 in Astronomy
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