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Padawan
2005-Mar-13, 01:15 PM
Hello,

I'm wondering about stars close to the center of our galaxy, those that are still in the spiral arms. Is it possible that there is much star formation in that area, and would there be many luminous blue stars? Or would you see more red stars w/ nebulosity, like in this picture:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040905.html


Best wishes,

Spacewriter
2005-Mar-13, 04:30 PM
Actually there are surprisingly numerous stars near the core and instances of triggered star formation of massive young giants quite close.

Here are some sources of info:

http://www.gemini.edu/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=108

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2005/05/text/

Also, you might want to check out a book by Fulvio Melia called "The Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy" -- it is an excellent exploration of this region of the galaxy.

Padawan
2005-Mar-13, 07:58 PM
Thanks, Spacewriter!

I will have a look at your links :)