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Scientists spot record-breaking gas cloud bigger than Milky Way

Glowing in the Pegasus constellation are five apparently closely packed galaxies known as Stephan’s Quintet — and they are whispering the secrets of galactic evolution to scientists.

Like all galaxies, these orbs started out as masses of atomic gas that clumped together and eventually collapsed in on themselves, forming what would become the stars that light them up. Each galaxy is made of millions of star clusters; four are actually interacting while one stands apart much closer to Earth

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