What is Clusters: Definition and 70 Discussions

Star clusters are large groups of stars. Two main types of star clusters can be distinguished: globular clusters are tight groups of hundreds to millions of old stars which are gravitationally bound, while open clusters are more loosely clustered groups of stars, generally containing fewer than a few hundred members, and are often very young. Open clusters become disrupted over time by the gravitational influence of giant molecular clouds as they move through the galaxy, but cluster members will continue to move in broadly the same direction through space even though they are no longer gravitationally bound; they are then known as a stellar association, sometimes also referred to as a moving group.
Star clusters visible to the naked eye include the Pleiades, Hyades, and 47 Tucanae.

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  1. kimi7335

    I The purpose of trigonometric axes in plot of electron clusters, ATLAS

    I have been doing some reading on electron reconstruction from proton-proton collisions at CERN. In some of the papers I have read, plots such as the one In the figure are included. What I would like to know is why they have chosen to plot the x and y axes as cos(phi) * tan(theta) and sin(phi) *...
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  3. J

    Why globular clusters don't collapse.

    I asked Bard that question and it responded (among other things) that a) globular clusters are spherical and b) that they are spinning rapidly. Aren't those two things contradictory, as in they should be flattened by centrifugal forces?
  4. harryharns

    C/C++ Perform RK4 between 2 Clusters in Magnetic Field

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  5. S

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    How far is M4? I have seen contradictory numbers for M4 and stars in it. How precise is Gaia in measuring the radial distances to various stars in M4? Their radial position relative to each other? Their peculiar motions? What kinds of orbits do stars in the outskirts of M4 follow? High...
  6. M

    A Globular clusters in SDSS data

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  7. ohwilleke

    I New Hubble Paper On Lensing In Galactic Clusters

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  8. Buzz Bloom

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    Given that the galaxies within a cluster of galaxies are generally gravitationally bound, and not affected by the expanding universe, would it not also be expected that after some large number of billions of years, all of the individual galaxies would merge together to become one single very...
  9. alantheastronomer

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    B Dark matter not found in globular clusters orbiting MilkyWay

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  11. L

    I Minimal number of clusters

    Hello, I am tackling a problem related to clustering, and something came up that got me quite baffled. Suppose you have N distinct objects. Each of them is associated to a list of 'descriptors'. The task is to cluster together objects that have as many descriptors as possible in common, with the...
  12. Solomei

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  13. nomadreid

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  14. TheChemist_

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  15. Jamison Lahman

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  16. K

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    I Percent of stars in our galaxy that belong to clusters?

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  18. Jules Winnfield

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  19. BadgerBadger92

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  20. J

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  21. D

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  22. kelvin490

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  23. Earnest Guest

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  24. P

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  25. M

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  26. K

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  27. S

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  28. CaptCoonoor

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  29. P

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  30. vrmuth

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  31. Borg

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  32. DennisN

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  33. S

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  34. T

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  35. K

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  36. A

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  37. H

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  38. R

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  39. V

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  41. H

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  42. N

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  43. M

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  44. marcus

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  45. A

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  46. R

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  47. R

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  48. R

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  49. D

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