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Friday, October 14, 2005

live fast, die young

Big stars born near black hole.

Dozens of massive stars, destined for a short but brilliant life, were born less than a light-year away from the Milky Way's central black hole, one of the most hostile environments in our galaxy, astronomers reported on Thursday.

On Earth, this might be a bit like setting up a maternity ward on the side of an active volcano. But researchers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and other instruments believe there is a safe zone around black holes, a big dust ring where stars can form.

Milky Way Central black hole
Sagittarius A and the Milky Way's central black hole

image courtesy Chandra Photo Album

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