17th August 2012

Photo reblogged from thestarstuff

the-star-stuff:

Galaxy Cluster Stuns Scientists—Supermassive and Spewing Out Stars
“Roller coaster” discoveries throw astrophysicists for a loop.
It seemed too good to be true: a superbright newfound galaxy cluster possibly more massive than any other known, forging fresh stars nearly a thousand times faster than normal.
But as many as ten telescopes have confirmed the strange case of the Phoenix Cluster. And despite the cluster’s rarity, scientists say, the findings may help explain the evolution of all such clusters.
Illustration courtesy M. Weiss, CXC/NASA

the-star-stuff:

Galaxy Cluster Stuns Scientists—Supermassive and Spewing Out Stars

“Roller coaster” discoveries throw astrophysicists for a loop.

It seemed too good to be true: a superbright newfound galaxy cluster possibly more massive than any other known, forging fresh stars nearly a thousand times faster than normal.

But as many as ten telescopes have confirmed the strange case of the Phoenix Cluster. And despite the cluster’s rarity, scientists say, the findings may help explain the evolution of all such clusters.

Illustration courtesy M. Weiss, CXC/NASA