Researchers find Milky Way’s ‘graveyard’ of dead stars
Published: Oct. 11, 2022 at 5:49 PM PDT
(CNN) – Astronomers have uncovered a graveyard of dead stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
The “graveyard” stretches three times the height of our 13 billion-year-old galaxy.
Astronomers said they found the ancient stellar remnants when they mapped the “galactic underworld” for the first time.
According to astronomers, when a star more than eight times larger than the sun collapses, the stellar core condenses into either a neutron star or a black hole.
The study’s co-author Peter Tuthill said finding the oldest neutron stars and black holes have been a significant task.
The University of Sydney researchers mapped where the stellar remains rest by recreating the life cycle of the ancient stars.
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