Star cluster lurking in the shadows may help explain galactic mystery

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Area on the right shows dust and dense star fields where Valparaiso-1 is in the constellation Scutum

Will Gater

There is an enormous star cluster lurking within the inner reaches of the Milky Way and its existence could help astronomers unravel a mystery about the distribution of these vast, glittering objects within our galaxy.

Star clusters like the one studied are immense gatherings of stars swarming together within the swirling disc of the Milky Way. So far, researchers haven’t detected many large clusters in the inner parts of the Milky Way compared to the numbers they see when they …

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