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Astronomers Trace the Family Tree of Star Clusters in the Solar Neighborhood


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Astronomers Trace the Family Tree of Star Clusters in the Solar Neighborhood

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When you look up tonight, you might notice that alongside brilliant stars are clusters that dot the sky. The star-pricked fuzz of the Pleiades, for example, contains members born together some 100 million years ago.

Astronomers are peeking back in time, showing that many stellar groups were themselves once organized into larger gatherings that have since split. The work, published in Nature and presented at the 244th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, paints a picture of the massive stellar nurseries that created many of the young stars within 3,000 light-years.  

Read More: ➡️ Sky & Telescope

 

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