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Using archived science verification data from the Hokupa'a/QUIRC Adaptive Optics system on Gemini North, a French/US team of astronomers led by Jean-Pierre Maillard of the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris has confirmed the physical association of a cluster of massive stars in the infrared source IRS 13 near the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
Closest Known Brown Dwarf has a Companion.
October 9, 2004
Credit: Gemini Observatory Image/Travis Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage
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