Hubble Finds Intergalactic Stars

Hubble Finds Intergalactic Stars

Bruce M. Peret

"NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found a long souFght population of 'stellar outcasts'--stars tossed out of their home galaxy into the dark emptiness of intergalactic space. This is the first time stars have been found more than 300,000 light-years from the nearest big galaxy.

"The isolated stars dwell in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, about 60 million light-years away. The results suggest this population of 'lone stars' accounts for 10 percent of the Virgo cluster's mass, or 1 trillion Sun-like stars adrift among the 2,500 galaxies in Virgo."Press Release No. STScI-PR97-02

Or, as Larson suggests, are these actually new stars, formed from the dust of intergalactic space, about to be pulled into the galactic disk? The release also states "...the stars detected... are the brightest members of the red giant class..."--exactly what Larsonian astronomy predicts.