Saturday, August 18, 2012

Humongous 'Supermom' Galaxy Found

Astronomers spot humongous 'supermom' galaxy fervently spawning stars (+video)

Astronomers have detected a luminous galaxy some 5.7 billion light years away that produces about 740 new stars each year.

By Seth BorensteinAP Science Writer / August 17, 2012
This undated handout artist illustration provided by NASA shows a cosmic 'supermom,' a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year.


Scientists have found a cosmic supermom. It's a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year.
Astronomers used NASA's Chandra X-Ray telescope to spot this distant gigantic galaxy creating about 740 new stars a year. By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy spawns just about one new star each year.
The galaxy is about 5.7 billion light years away in the center of a recently discovered cluster of galaxies that give off the brightest X-ray glow astronomers have seen. It is by far the biggest creation of stars that astronomers have seen for this kind of galaxy. Other types, such as colliding galaxies, can produce even more stars, astronomers said.


Sources: Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, NASA


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