News tagged with star clusters

Newborn stars discovered in dark cosmic cloud

A wave of massive star formation appears poised to begin within a mysterious, dark cloud in the Milky Way. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a secluded birthplace for stars within a wispy, dark ...

Jul 07, 2010
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Hubble catches stars on the move (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- With a mass of more than 10 000 suns packed into a volume with a diameter of a mere three light-years, the massive young star cluster in the nebula NGC 3603 is one of the most compact stellar ...

Jun 02, 2010
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Seeing is believing

(PhysOrg.com) -- Whenever you look up at the stars you are looking back in time, as light from even our closest neighbour, Alpha Centauri, started its journey to Earth more than four years ago. It is a phenomenon ...

Mar 24, 2010
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Alien invaders pack the Milky Way

(PhysOrg.com) -- Around a quarter of the globular star clusters in our Milky Way are invaders from other galaxies, new research from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) shows.

Feb 23, 2010
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Vampires and collisions rejuvenate stars

Stars in globular clusters are generally extremely old, with ages of 12-13 billion years. However, a small fraction of them appear to be significantly younger than the average population and, because they ...

Dec 23, 2009
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Opening up a colorful cosmic jewel box

(PhysOrg.com) -- Star clusters are among the most visually alluring and astrophysically fascinating objects in the sky. One of the most spectacular nestles deep in the southern skies near the Southern Cross ...

Oct 29, 2009
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Sky merger yields sparkling dividends

(PhysOrg.com) -- Not surprisingly, interacting galaxies have a dramatic effect on each other. Studies have revealed that as galaxies approach one another massive amounts of gas are pulled from each galaxy ...

Oct 13, 2009
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