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3 March 2015

At http://phys.org/print344225723.html … star clusters forming in a remote part of the Milky Way. Apparently, this is not supposed to happen according to the consensus view on how stars may form. Now, the sky survey WISE mission has picked up star formation in a region where it is impossible to happen – according to orthodox thinking. Stars, the theory goes, form inside loops of gas in great molecular clouds at the heart of the galactic disc. Brazilian astronomers espied two molecular clouds – and the stars beaming out from them. They lie at an 'enormous' distance away from the normal region of star formation.

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