View Full Version : Collision Sparks Star Birth at Milky Way's Edge

2014-Apr-04, 02:53 PM
Gas from another galaxy is hitting our own, triggering the birth of bright new stars and adding fresh luster to the Milky Way.

by Ken Croswell

For the first time astronomers have detected stars in an enormous stream of gas shed by the Magellanic Clouds, the two brightest galaxies that orbit our own. Sought for decades, the newfound stars are young, which means they formed recently, while the Magellanic gas collided with gas in the Milky Way.

Link at Scientific American (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/star-birth-sparked-at-the-galaxys-edge/ )