Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Can Stars Form in our Galaxy's Center?

1 post in this topic

Can Stars Form in our Galaxy's Center?

Observations of Milky Way’s chaotic center show hints of stars forming just two light-years away from our galaxy’s supermassive black hole.

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way’s brilliant bulge wreaks gravitational havoc on its immediate surroundings. And that doesn’t make life easy for would-be stars: the 4-million-solar-mass behemoth stretches gas clouds into taffy-like streamers before they have the chance to collapse into denser objects. Yet bright and massive stars less than 10 million years old are surprisingly common in the black hole’s neighborhood.

Over the past decade, astronomers have debated how these cosmic youngsters came to be. Did they migrate inward after they formed? Or did a set of unusual circumstances allow the stars to form where they are? Recent observations hinting at early stages of star formation advance the theory that stars regularly form within reach of the supermassive black hole.

arrow3.gif

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.