A team of astronomers have identified nine very massive stars — with masses over 100 times that of the sun — within the star cluster R136, also known as RMC 136 which lies at the center of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud 170,000 light-years away from us.
Using NASA’ Hubble Telescope, astronomers have observed the Arches Cluster, the most dense cluster known in the Milky Way with a mass equivalent to more than 10,000 Sun-like stars in a space with a radius equal to the distance between the sun and its nearest neighbor Alpha Centauri star system.
In a galaxy near our Milky Way, in a hot dusty cloud filled with molecular gases, young stars are being born. This is another proof that the universe is still expanding, and possibilities of life beyond our galaxy is yet to be discovered.
High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, led by Denilso Camargo of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre Brazil, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar cradles found outside the galactic disk.
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope challenge a previous theory for the apparent disappearance of a massive number of stars.
Many of the oldest and most massive galaxies reside together in enormous structures known as clusters, and now a team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of an unusually distant galaxy cluster – a group of 19 galaxies located at precisely the same distance of 9.9 billion light years.
A star cluster has broken away from a galaxy and is hurtling in the direction of Earth at more than 2,000,000mph, US astronomers have discovered. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered the hypervelocity cluster, named HVGC-1, by chance and have no idea why it was catapulted out of galaxy M87.