Astronomers Discover Densest Galaxy Ever
Sep. 24, 2013 — Imagine the distance between the sun and the star nearest to it — a star called Alpha Centauri. That’s a distance of about 4 light years. Now, imagine as many as 10,000 of our suns crammed into that relatively small space.
That is about the density of a galaxy that was recently discovered by an international team of astronomers led by a Michigan State University faculty member.
"This galaxy is more massive than any ultra-compact drawfs of comparable size," said Jay Strader, MSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy, "and is arguably the densest galaxy known in the local universe."