For the first time, astronomers have reconstructed the history of star formation at the centre of the Milky Way.
The findings also revealed that the majority of young stars in the densely packed galactic centre formed with only shaky connections.
The GALACTICNUCLEUS survey was carried out by astronomers, who studied an area of 64,000 square light-years around the galactic centre.
Despite the fact that there is a dense population of stars at the centre of the Milky Way — approximately 26,000 light-years from Earth —
"The young stars we discovered have a total mass of over 400,000 solar masses."
That is nearly ten times the combined mass of the two massive star clusters previously discovered in the central region."
Each year, the Milky Way creates a few times as many stars as the sun.