There’s more to see...
Come take a look at what else is here!
He used Pinterest to start his rooftop oasis
Join Pinterest to find (and save!) all the things that inspire you.
Creating an account means you’re okay with Pinterest's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
50+
billion Pins
to explore
15
seconds to
sign up (free!)
Visit site
Anna McGonigal
Anna McGonigal • 3 years ago

Blue straggler stars maintain the appearance of youth by sucking the life from other stars. Blue stragglers are often found in dense star clusters. These tight bundles are thought to contain stars that all formed around the same time, and the majority of the stars in such clusters are among the oldest in the galaxy. Scientists think the vampires are stealing gases from their neighbors, allowing the small, aging stars to swell in mass and extend their lives by hundreds of millions of years.

Related Pins

star cluster R136

The Globular Star Cluster 47 Tucanae in the Southern Hemisphere is brilliant with one million stars: Pinterest is now shining with over 1,000,000 Amazing Pins. Hurrah!

Blue Straggler Stars in Globular Cluster M53 Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA Explanation: If our Sun were part of M53, the night sky would glow like a jewel box of bright stars. M53, also known as NGC 5024, is one of about 250 globular clusters that survive in our Galaxy. Most of the stars in M53 are older and redder than our Sun, but some enigmatic stars appear to be bluer and younger. These young stars might contradict the hypothesis that all the stars in M53 formed at nearly the same time.

Star Cluster R136 Bursts Out

This is a real shooting star! Only a couple of hundred light years distant.

30 Doradus Nebula and Star Clusters

NGC 300, Detail 1: Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys shows individual as well as clusters of stars in the spiral galaxy NGC 300, located approximately 7 million light-years away from Earth. NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton and B. Williams (University of Washington)

AE Aurigae and the Flaming Star Nebula The Flaming Star nebula lies about 1,500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga).