Massive stars found in high numbers in the Tarantula Nebula. Image by: bigstockphoto
A huge number of massive stars found in a neighboring galaxy

One of our neighboring galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud, contains a higher than expected abundance of massive stars. More precisely, the stars are located in the Tarantula Nebula. Scientists identified here over 1000 of them, the highest agglomeration discovered so far in space. At the end of their lives these stars can explode in supernovae, generating black holes and neutron stars. Artemio Herrero, IAC/ULL researcher and co-author, explains the importance of the study: "Understanding the physics of massive stars under the varying conditions found from the Milky Way to the early Universe is fundamental to our knowledge of the cosmos evolution and how we see it presently."

Read the full story: Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Scientific publication: Science