Take a virtual tour of the star-forming region in the Wing, known as NGC 602, here.
Using Chandra's x-ray vision researchers have been able to pick out emissions from magnetically-active young stars in the Wing, indicating that even though they formed in different stellar environments than those found inside our galaxy, they do have similar x-ray outputs.
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X-ray emissions from stars are created by their magnetic activity, which is in turn powered by their rotation, the motion of their cores, and convection throughout their internal layers.
If stars that formed in different environments outside our galaxy are seen to have similar x-ray signatures as those found within, then they may have other similar features as well -- such as the potential to develop circumstellar disks of possible planet-forming materials.
A paper outlining these findings was published in the March 1 issue of The Astrophysical Journal. You can find the international team's paper here, and read more on the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' Chandra mission site.