‘Ridiculously Dim’ Bevy of Stars Found Beyond Milky Way

‘Ridiculously Dim’ Bevy of Stars Found Beyond Milky Way

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A team of American, Canadian and Chilean astronomers have stumbled onto a remarkably faint cluster of stars orbiting the Milky Way that puts out as much light as only 120 modest Sun-like stars. The tiny cluster, called Munoz 1, was discovered near a dwarf galaxy in a survey of satellites around the Milky Way using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and confirmed using the Keck II telescope.

“What’s neat about this is it’s the dimmest globular cluster ever found,” said Ricardo Munoz, an astronomer at the University of Chile and the discoverer of the cluster. A globular cluster is a spherical group of stars bound to each other by gravity so that they orbit around a galaxy as a unit.

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