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NASA:Hubble discovers string of infant stars

NASA:Hubble discovers string of infant stars

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 5:32 PM -

What happens when two galaxies collide? You get an amazing photo like this, apparently!

NASA says this shows a string of infant stars, 100,000-light-years-long. 

"We were surprised to find this stunning morphology, which must be very short-lived," Grant Tremblay of the European Southern Observatory said in a news release from the Space Telescope Science Institute. "We've long known that the 'beads on a string' phenomenon is seen in the arms of spiral galaxies and in tidal bridges between interacting galaxies. However, this particular supercluster arrangement has never been seen before in giant merging elliptical galaxies." 

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This snapshot was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Scientists say it may help explain the formation of stellar superclusters. 

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Files from NASA and CNN

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