An international team of astronomers has discovered an enormous galaxy cluster producing stars at a fantastic pace. Galaxy clusters, the Universe’s largest structures, are groups of galaxies bound by gravity with a supermassive black hole at the center. Most galaxy clusters produce few stars. But the newly described Phoenix Cluster is experiencing a period of rapid star formation.

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Related Links:

NASA: The Remarkable Phoenix Cluster
nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/multimedia/phoenix_cluster.html

Chandra X-Ray Observatory: Phoenix Cluster
chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2012/phoenix/

South Pole Telescope
pole.uchicago.edu/

Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
space.mit.edu/

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
cfa.harvard.edu/

American Museum of Natural History Hayden Planetarium
haydenplanetarium.org/index.php

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