News tagged with star clusters

How do massive young star clusters form?

Young massive star clusters are systems of stars with more than about ten thousand solar-masses of material and ages less than about one hundred million years that are gravitationally bound together. In these clusters the ...

dateApr 08, 2016 in Astronomy
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Journey to the center of our galaxy

Peering deep into the heart of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Apart from a few, blue, foreground stars, almost all of the stars ...

dateMar 31, 2016 in Astronomy
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Japan's black hole telescope is in trouble

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has lost contact with its X-ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi (ASTRO-H.) Hitomi was launched on February 17th, for a 3-year mission to study black holes. But now that mission ...

dateMar 30, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Messier 3 (M3) – the NGC 5272 globular cluster

During the late 18th century, Charles Messier began to notice a series of "nebulous" objects in the night sky which he originally mistook for comets. With the hope of preventing other astronomers from making the same mistake, ...

dateFeb 16, 2016 in Astronomy
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Star formation in distant galaxy clusters

The first stars appeared about one hundred million years after the big bang, and ever since then stars and star formation processes have lit up the cosmos, producing heavy elements, planets, black holes, and arguably all ...

dateFeb 15, 2016 in Astronomy
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