Infant Globular Clusters

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Science  02 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5582, pp. 776-777
DOI: 10.1126/science.1075224

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Globular clusters--compact assemblies of stars that typically contain ~100,000 to ~1,000,000 stars--are relics from the time when galaxies first formed. In her Perspective, Johnson reviews recent observations of very young clusters in starburst galaxies. The results suggest that we may be observing the birth of globular clusters for the first time.