The center of our galaxy might be full of dying vampire stars

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A special space telescope has helped scientists gain a much better grasp on what’s happening at the crowded center of our galaxy, according to findings published in Nature yesterday.

Earth is stuck near the edge of the Milky Way, tucked in a quiet spot just off of one of the galaxy’s spiral arms. The center of our galaxy, on the other hand, is an extremely busy place. If we’re in the suburbs, the galactic center is Times Square; it’s packed full of stars that are dead or dying, giant gas clouds, and of course, one supermassive black hole. And while astronomers learn a lot about our galaxy by looking at its cosmic doppelgängers, there’s still much to be gained by studying the busiest parts of our own.

If we’re in the suburbs, the…

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