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Disentangling starlight

18 Jan 2019, 11:00 UTC
Disentangling starlight ESO

Although they look like fuzzy patches of light, distant galaxies are actually made up of billions of stars and other astronomical intricacies. Telescopes are rarely powerful enough to study the individual stars in galaxies except for those closest to the Milky Way, but a team of scientists has now used the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope to resolve the stars in the spiral galaxy NGC 300. By telling the story of how astronomy has reached this point, team member Martin M. Roth from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam helps us understand why this result is so exciting.

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