August 15, 2012
A cosmic supermom is a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year. Astronomers used NASA’s X-Ray telescope to spot this distant galaxy creating about 740 new stars a year. By comparison our Milky Way galaxy spawns just about one new star each year. This new galaxy is about 5.7 billion light years away. It is in the center of a recently discovered cluster of galaxies that give the brightest x-ray glow astronomers have seen. The study appeared Wednesday in the journal Nature.
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Scientists have found a cosmic supermom.
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