WASHINGTON (August 15, 2012)--Astronomers used NASA's Chandra X-Ray telescope to spot a distant galaxy that creates about 740 new stars a year, which works out to more stars each day than ours produces in a year.
The Milky Way galaxy spawns about one new star a year.
THe new galaxy is about 5.7 billion light years away in the center of a recently discovered cluster of galaxies that give the brightest X-ray glow astronomers have seen.
MIT astronomer Michael McDonald said the galaxy is strange in another way.
It's about 6 billion years old and this type of galaxy normally doesn't birth stars at that advanced age.
The finding was reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.