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Encyclopedia > Starburst (astronomy)

In astronomy, starburst is a generic term to describe a region of space with a much higher than normal star formation. It is reserved for truly unusual objects. Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can still play an active role, especially in the discovery and monitoring of transient phenomena. ... The Pleiades star cluster A star is any massive gaseous body in outer space, just like the Sun. ...


For example, a very young open cluster can have fairly high star formation rates in its core, but this is an ordinary condition for this object. However, an entire galaxy experiencing the same star formation rate can be described as "starburst". The Pleiades is one of the most famous open clusters. ...


See also: starburst galaxy A starburst galaxy is a galaxy in the process of an intense burst of star formation, often as a result of a collision or close encounter between two galaxies. ...


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Starburst - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (172 words)
In astronomy, starburst is a generic term to describe a region of space with a much higher than normal star formation.
A starburst is also a symbol consisting of a star surrounded by rays emanating from it.
Starburst is a term for a type of migraine headache.
* M82 - (Astronomy): Definition (636 words)
This peculiar starburst galaxy in Ursa Major was discovered by Bode in December 1774 and Messier observed it on February 9, 1781...
Observations of M82 and other starburst galaxies suggest that the origin of ultraluminous sources is related to a burst of star formation triggered by a collision with another galaxy,...
Such starburst galaxies seem to be undergoing a collision that causes rapid star formation.
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