|What is left over after stars collide?
To help answer this question,
astronomers have been studying the center of the
most massive ball of stars in our
Milky Way Galaxy.
In the center of
Omega Centauri, stars are packed in
10,000 times more densely than near our Sun.
Pictured above, the newly upgraded
Hubble Space Telescope
has resolved the very center of
Omega Centauri into individual stars.
Visible are many faint yellow-white stars that are smaller than our
several yellow-orange stars that are
Red Giants, and an occasional
When two stars collide they likely either combine
to form one more massive star,
or they stick, forming a new
binary star system.
Close binary stars interact,
light when gas falls from one star
onto the surface of a compact companion such as a
white dwarf or
Two such binaries have now been located in
Omega Centauri's center.
The star cluster lies about 15,000
away and is visible toward the constellation of
ESA, and the
Hubble SM4 ERO Team