MadSci Network: Astronomy

Re: Why are stars arranged in circles.

Date: Wed May 20 11:40:03 1998
Posted By: Michael Martin-Smith, Other (pls. specify below), Family Physician, Fellow,BIS, amateur astronomer( BAA), British Interplanetary Society
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 895263943.As

I do not think this is a recognised phenomenon. Some stars it is true,
are expanded from stellar "nurseries" like the Persus Cluster, and even
the Great Bear - but they are not necessarily circular.

M. Martin-Smith

Moderator's note: the circles you see in star fields may also
be a product of the human ability to see patterns even in random noise..

Pauline Barmby

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