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Colourful Celestial Landscape

July 18, 2018

This image shows the star cluster RCW 38, as captured by the HAWK-I infrared imager mounted on ESO’s…
Star’s Birth May Have Triggered Another Star Birth, Astronomers Say

June 21, 2017

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have found new evidence suggesting…
Protostar Blazes Bright, Reshaping Its Stellar Nursery

March 20, 2017

A massive protostar, deeply nestled in its dust-filled stellar nursery, recently roared to life, shining nearly 100 times…
Protostars make waves first, planets later

October 1, 2016

Astronomers thought it likely they would find a spiral of particles hidden in the cloudy disks that orbit…
Stars ignite in new supercomputer simulation

July 11, 2016

Like fireworks bursting through a smoky haze, protostars ignite within colossal filaments of gas in a new supercomputer simulation of stars…
Protostar Growth Spurts

November 9, 2015

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered an adolescent protostar that is undergoing a rapid-fire…
Image Release: Protostar Growth Spurts

November 5, 2015

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered an adolescent protostar that is undergoing a rapid-fire…
Lost lithium destroyed by ancient stars

August 6, 2015

Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilising drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of…
Update: ALMA Discovers Proto Super Star Cluster — a Cosmic ‘Dinosaur Egg’ About to Hatch

May 8, 2015

Globular clusters – dazzling agglomerations of up to a million ancient stars – are among the oldest objects…
Protosuns Teeming with Prebiotic Molecules Necessary for Life

April 20, 2015

An international group of scientists have recently discovered that complex organic molecules, such as formamide, exist not only…
Satellites Catch ‘Growth Spurt’ from Newborn Protostar

March 24, 2015

Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers…
Simulations Reveal An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

September 30, 2014

Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died…
Most stars are born in clusters, some leave “home”

September 25, 2014

New modeling studies from Carnegie’s Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when…
Research finds numerous unknown jets from young stars and planetary nebulae

August 1, 2014

For many years astronomers have known that young ‘protostars’ drive supersonic jets of gas from their north and…
Out of An Hours-long Explosion, A Stand-In For The First Stars

July 14, 2014

Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those…
‘Death Stars’ in Orion Blast Planets before They Even Form

March 12, 2014

The Orion Nebula is home to hundreds of young stars and even younger protostars known as proplyds. Many…
Researchers identify one of the earliest stars in the universe

February 10, 2014

As the Big Bang’s name suggests, the universe burst into formation from an immense explosion, creating a vast…
Hubble Probes Interior of Tarantula Nebula

January 10, 2014

Like lifting a giant veil, the near-infrared vision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovers a dazzling new view…
New Studies Give Strong Boost to Binary-Star Formation Theory

January 2, 2014

Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary…
Shrouded mysteries of Milky Way: Research Maps Where Stars Are Born

October 16, 2013

A team of astronomers led by Yancy Shirley at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory has completed the largest-ever survey of dense…
Hubble sees a cosmic caterpillar

August 30, 2013

This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast. But…
As they form, stars shape their womb from within

August 22, 2013

Star formation is an even more intense and dynamic process than previously thought, according to research based on…
Sofia Observations Reveal a Surprise in Massive Star Formation

April 17, 2013

Researchers using the airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured the most detailed mid-infrared images yet…
ALMA Detects Signs of Star Formation Surprisingly Close to Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole

April 10, 2013

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered signs of star formation perilously close to the supermassive black…
Understanding the Turbulence of Gases in Planet-forming Protoplanetary Disks

April 3, 2013

Many newly formed stars are surrounded by what are called protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that…
Stellar embryos in dust cocoons

March 25, 2013

A group of astronomers led by Amelia Stutz of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg have…
Herschel Discovers Some of the Youngest Stars Ever Seen

March 20, 2013

PASADENA, Calif. – Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen, thanks to the Herschel space…
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