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Star 'Families' Stick Together in the Milky Way, Gaia Maps Reveal

9 Sep 2019, 21:23 UTC
Star 'Families' Stick Together in the Milky Way, Gaia Maps Reveal ESA/Gaia/DPAC

Even in star clusters, families tend to stick together, and stellar "siblings" don't leave each other's sides for billions of years. 

Using data from the European Space Agency's Gaia Observatory, scientists observed star formation in a large area of space that surrounds the Milky Way and found that stellar families, or stars that formed around the same time from the same cloud, stayed together in string-like groups.

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