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Globular clusters like this one are full of colliding stars.
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Star Collisions Are Popular
News story originally written on June 12, 2000

Scientists have found that stars crash into each other all the time! There are a lot of young stars in clusters. Sometimes there isn't enough space, and two stars collide together and make a new star.

Scientists say this even happens right here in our own Milky Way!

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