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Self-made stars - Astronomers observe black hole producing cold, star-making fuel from hot plasma jets and bubbles

Self-made stars - Astronomers observe black hole producing cold, star-making fuel from hot plasma jets and bubbles

The Phoenix cluster is an enormous accumulation of about 1,000 galaxies, located 5.7 billion light years from Earth. At its center lies a massive galaxy, which appears to be spitting out stars at a rate of about 1,000 per year. Most other galaxies in the universe are far less productive, squeaking out just a few stars each year, and scientists have wondered what has fueled the Phoenix cluster’s extreme stellar output.