Astronomers Find Evidence Of The Densest Galaxy Near Earth, Which Is 10 Billion Years Old And Crowded with Stars

September 25, 2013 5:27 AM

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Astronomers Find Evidence Of The Densest Galaxy Near Earth, Which Is 10 Billion Years Old And Crowded with Stars

The new “ultra-compact” galaxy, named M60-UCD1, is home to an extraordinary number of stars and it is expected to provide scientists with clues to its intriguing past and its role in galactic evolution, according to the astronomers who made the discovery by using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

According to the astronomers, the most remarkable aspect of M60-UCD1 is that about half of its mass is found within a radius of only about 80 light years, while the density of stars within it is about 15,000 times greater -- meaning the stars are about 25 times closer to each other -- than in the Mi...

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