Behold Trumpler 14, a dazzling star cluster located 8,000 light-years from Earth. Situated within the Carina Nebula, it’s home to one of the highest concentrations of massive, bright stars in the Milky Way. But as spectacular as these stellar objects appear be, their majestic appearance comes at a price.
New research from Western University in Ontario suggests the universe’s first stars amassed in conglomerations so bright they shone with the power of a hundred million suns.
Could you imagine a view of the night sky that looks like this? It’s a star cluster — a region of space in which as many as 10,000 stars are jam-packed to within a few light years of each other. Now, evidence shows that even these areas can give rise to planets, implying that someone out there might actually have this…
Check out one of our closest looks yet at a globular star cluster, Messier 107, showing how thousands of older stars occupy a relatively small area. Click through for a video zooming in on the fringes of our galaxy.