Globular clusters like this one are full of colliding stars.
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the Space Telescope Science Institute and NASA
Star Collisions Are Popular
News story originally written on June 12, 2000
Scientists know that galaxies sometimes collide together, but they didn't
think that stars in the same galaxy suffered the same fate. It turns out that
they may be wrong. New evidence shows that stars within globular clusters collide together
on a regular basis.
You might say they need their own space. Young stars are created in a dense area.
It's only a matter of time before it gets too crowded, and stars start combining to form larger, hotter and even younger stars.
Scientists say these events even occur in our own Milky Way.
"Suddenly we're starting to get lots of collisions. There's probably one about
every ten seconds," one scientist said.
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