News tagged with star clusters

Image: Hubble looks into Terzan 7

Named after its discoverer, the French-Armenian astronomer Agop Terzan, this is the globular cluster Terzan 7—a densely packed ball of stars bound together by gravity. It lies just over 75,000 light-years away from us on ...

dateFeb 17, 2014 in Astronomy
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Stars reveal the secrets of looking young

Some people are in great shape at the age of 90, while others are decrepit before they're 50. We know that how fast people age is only loosely linked to how old they actually are—and may have more to do with their lifestyle. ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Astronomy
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The rise and fall of galactic cities

( —In the fable of the town and country mice, the country mouse visits his city-dwelling cousin to discover a world of opulence. In the early cosmos, billions of years ago, galaxies resided in the equivalent of ...

dateDec 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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SMA reveals giant star cluster in the making

W49A might be one of the best-kept secrets in our galaxy. This star-forming region shines 100 times brighter than the Orion nebula, but is so obscured by dust that very little visible or infrared light escapes.

dateDec 16, 2013 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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Hubble views an old and mysterious cluster

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best ever image of the globular cluster Messier 15, a gathering of very old stars that orbits the centre of the Milky Way. This glittering cluster contains over 100 000 ...

dateNov 14, 2013 in Astronomy
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Some stars capture rogue planets

( -- New research suggests that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space. The nomad worlds, which were kicked out of the star systems in which they formed, occasionally ...

dateApr 17, 2012 in Astronomy
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