Astronomers reveal ‘astonishing’ massive cluster of ‘ancient’ stars in the heart of our galaxy – RT World News


    A group of international scientists have found an already unknown "ancient stellar population" with unusual properties hiding the straight-edge properties at the center of our galaxy.

</p><div><p>This large cluster of stars likely originated as a spherical cluster somewhere in the Milky Way and went to the middle before long, he said.  The discovery was detailed in two papers published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters on Monday.

Astronomers said they came in the star cluster because they were studying a massive black hole that is at the core of our galaxy. It is surrounded by one of the dense fields of stars in the known universe, consisting of about 20 million celestial bodies.

However, this so-called ‘nuclear star cluster’ (NSC) is quite difficult to observe due to the cloud of dust that blocks visible light. Therefore, despite its dense star population, the area appears dark when viewed from outside.

Peeking through this darkness is only possible with instruments that capture very short or long wavelengths like the Very Large Telescope in Chile, which was used by the authors of the papers.


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Now scientists believe that among other galaxies is a massive black hole and an atomic star cluster like the Milky Way.

With our galaxy, they are actually able to single out individual stars within an atomic cluster, being separated from the center of the Milky Way by 25,000 light years away from Earth – from an astronomical point.

The team analyzed some 700 stars in the field and said that they have found some of their qualities “shocking.” Some seven percent of those items were characterized by relatively low “Metallicity” Or the amount of heavy elements, which indicate that they are older than others around them. They were also rotating faster than their counterparts and on a slightly different plane to the rest of the galaxy.


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A computer simulation indicated that the newly discovered cluster entered the central region of the Milky Way within the last three to five billion years.

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