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The unprecedented Phoenix Galaxy Cluster: How many stars does it form? (+video)


http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0816/The-unprecedented-Phoenix-Galaxy-Cluster-How-many-stars-does-it-form-video

The faraway Phoenix galaxy cluster may be the biggest and brightest such structure ever discovered, and it's forming stars at an unprecedented rate, scientists announced today (Aug. 15).


In Pictures: Where stars form


Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Phoenix cluster formally known as SPT-CLJ2344-4243 which researchers say could yield key insights into how galaxies and colossal clusters evolve:

2.5 quadrillion: How many times more massive the Phoenix cluster is than our own sun. This may be an all-time record for galaxy clusters the most massive structures in the universe, composed of hundreds or thousands of individual galaxies bound together by gravity researchers said.

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zbdent Aug 2012 #1