December 23, 2010

Some of Universe's Biggest Stars Are Loners

Ian O'Neill, Discovery News

Discovery News

Feeling lonely this Christmas? Spare a thought for some of the most massive stars in our universe that shine so bright, but live all on their lonesome.

One would think that to build the biggest stars, you need a really big star factory, like a bubbling and churning stellar nursery stuffed full of plump baby stars gulping down as much nebulous gas a possible. However, according to a University of Michigan study, some of the biggest stars can reach a ripe, massive age in isolation.

Using the Hubble Space...

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TAGGED: Star Formation, Small Magellanic Cloud Galaxy