Galaxy drags trail of newborn stars

Hubble Space Telescope spots trails of baby stars

By Christopher Crockett, 15:53 PM March 13, 2014

It’s raining stars in Norma, a massive cluster of galaxies roughly 200 light-years from Earth.

 

And the source of this celestial storm? A galaxy plowing right through the center of Norma.

 

The galaxy, known as ESO 137-001, sits in the direction of the constellation Triangulum Australe. As it’s been barging through Norma, this galaxy has dragged filaments of gas and stars in its wake. Those star streams extend 260,000 light-years! That’s more than twice the length of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

 

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