View Full Version : Swirling Pinwheels Near the Heart of the Milky Way

2006-Aug-17, 06:32 PM
Astronomers have gathered new data on a formation of stars called the Quintuplet cluster. These are a group of stars near the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. The new data comes from the W.M. Keck telescope, which gathered high resolution images of the stars. They appear to be massive binary stars near the end of their short lives, which are giving off huge amounts of gas and dust. These dust plumes are creating pinwheel-shaped spirals around the stars as they orbit each other.

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2006-Aug-19, 11:00 PM
The center of the Milky Way is very interesting to me. I'm glad we're getting these images, and working to understand the objects in that vicinity, and how they form and evolve.