The Galaxy Cluster ‘Phoenix’
A Cosmic Supermom
Astronomers used NASA’s Chandra X–Ray telescope to spot a distant gigantic galaxy creating about 740 new stars a, Year.
Scientists found it as a cosmic supermom and a galaxy that gives births to stars in a day than ours does in a year. By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy spawns just about one new star each year.
It’s about 5.7 billion light years away in the center of a recently discovered Cluster of galaxies that give the brightest
X-ray glow astronomers have seen. It is by far the biggest creation of stars that astronomers have seen for this type of galaxy — massive galaxies that are in the center of clusters. But other types of galaxies, such as colliding galaxies, can produce even stars.
But this is the size, type and age of galaxy that shouldn’t be producing stars at such a rapid pace according to study.
It’s very extreme and it pushes the boundaries of what we understood.
There’s another strange thing about this galaxy that it’s fairly mature, maybe 6 billion years old. Usually, these types are kind of just there and don’t do anything new-popularly what we call red and dead and it seems to have come back to life for some reason.
Because of that back-to-life situation, the team of 85 astronomers has nicknamed the galaxy cluster Phoenix, after the bird that rises from the ashes. The galaxy that is producing the stars at a rate of two per day is in the center of the cluster and is the biggest and most prominent of many galaxies there