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Giant Star Cluster in the Making

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:57 AM

SMA Reveals Giant Star Cluster in the Making


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said:

Cambridge, MA - FW49A 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.

The Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) has peered through the dusty fog to provide the first clear view of this stellar nursery. The SMA revealed an active site of star formation being fed by streamers of infalling gas.

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