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Cluster Watchers View a Hot, Violent Birth

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Science  22 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5525, pp. 2230
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5525.2230b

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In a dwarf galaxy 12 million light-years from Earth, astronomers may be witnessing the birth of a globular cluster. The cluster, the youngest so far detected, could shed light on how similar balls of stars formed in our own galaxy billions of years earlier, according to findings presented at the 198th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Pasadena, California.