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Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way
Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar cradles found outside the galactic disk. Living so far off the disk has its perks: If aliens lived on planets around these young stars, they’d get a spectacular bird's-eye view of the Milky Way, pinwheel arms and all. (By comparison, Earthlings with a clear view see the Milky Way as a band across the night sky – a beautiful but less-shapely sight.) The clusters, called Camargo 438 and Camargo 439, were found inside a...

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