The Star Cluster Closest to Earth Is in Its Death Throes

The closest cluster of stars to Earth is falling apart and will soon die, astronomers say.

Using the Gaia spacecraft to measure velocities of stars in the Hyades cluster and those escaping from it, researchers have predicted the cluster's demise. “We find that there's only something like 30 million years left for the cluster to lose its mass completely,” says Semyeong Oh, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge.

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