There's more than one way to make a Blue Straggler

For the first time, astronomers have confirmed that a blue straggler in the core of a globular cluster (a very dense community of stars) is a massive, rapidly rotating star that is spinning 75 times faster than the Sun. This finding provides proof that blue stragglers are created by collisions or other intimate encounters in an overcrowded cluster core. 



About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:29 October 1997, 06:00
Size:800 x 443 px

About the Object

Name:Blue straggler
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Main Sequence

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