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Where do new stars form in galaxies?

May 27, 2019

Spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way are studded with cold clouds of hydrogen gas and dust, like…
Astronomers find wobbling black hole spewing plasma-jet clouds into space

April 30, 2019

Almost 8,000 light-years from Earth, swinging jets shoot out at nearly the speed of light from around a…
Space Image: Feathery filaments in Mon R2

August 25, 2015

Fierce flashes of light ripple through delicate tendrils of gas in this new image, from ESA’s Herschel space…
Football molecule: Old astronomic riddle on the way to be solved

July 17, 2015

Scientists at the University of Basel were able to identify for the first time a molecule responsible for…
Space Image: Surprise within a Cloud

December 5, 2014

This image shows a region of the Milky Way that lies within the constellation of Scorpius, close to…
Magnetic Fields Reduce Galactic Star Formation Rates

December 1, 2014

It may seem very obvious at a first glance: the more gas there is in the interstellar medium,…
Gas cloud in the galactic centre is part of a larger gas streamer

November 25, 2014

A gigantic gas cloud surrounds the galactic centre. This object, called “G2” was originally discovered in the year…
Black hole loses its appetite for gassy cloud

November 21, 2014

Recent research shows that G2 came within 30 billion kilometers of the super-massive black hole at the center…
Update: Cosmic Forecast: Dark Clouds Will Give Way to Sunshine

September 4, 2014

Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on…
Astronomers pierce galactic clouds to shine light on black hole development

June 20, 2014

An international team of scientists including a Virginia Tech physicist have discovered that winds blowing from a supermassive black hole…
Herschel Sees Budding Stars and a Giant, Strange Ring

June 13, 2014

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest…
The ‘Serpent’ Star-forming Cloud Hatches New Stars

May 29, 2014

Stars that are just beginning to coalesce out of cool swaths of dust and gas are showcased in…
Object “G2″ Still Intact at Closest Approach to Galactic Center, Astronomers Report

May 5, 2014

The latest observations by the Keck Observatory in Hawaii show that the gas cloud called “G2” was surprisingly…
Gas cloud’s fate could reveal information on growth of supermassive black holes

April 4, 2014

A simulation of the gas cloud G2’s encounter with the supermassive black hole Sgr A*. The blue lines…
Space image: Star-forming region ON2

March 25, 2014

Massive stars are born in tumultuous clouds of gas and dust. They lead a brief but intense life,…
Image: Star factory NGC 7538

March 5, 2014

Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE. Acknowledgements: Cassie Fallscheer (University of Victoria), Mike Reid (University of Toronto) and the Herschel HOBYS team…
Star factory NGC 7538

March 4, 2014

The billowing clouds portrayed in this image from ESA’s Herschel observatory are part of NGC 7538, a stellar…
Antarctic telescope reveals gas cloud where stars are born

February 21, 2014

Using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth – Ridge A in Antarctica – a UNSW-led team…
River of Hydrogen Flowing through Space Seen with Green Bank Telescope

January 28, 2014

Using the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomer D.J. Pisano from West Virginia University…
Distant quasar illuminates a filament of the cosmic web

January 20, 2014

Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time…
Quasars illuminate swiftly swirling clouds around galaxies

January 9, 2014

A new study of light from quasars has provided astronomers with illuminating insights into the swirling clouds of…
Discovery of Hot Oxygen Gas Streaming Away from Distant Galaxies

December 31, 2013

With large-area imaging data from the Subaru Telescope, a team of international astronomers led by Dr. Suraphong Yuma…
Cloud atlas reshapes astronomers’ views of stellar birthplaces

December 11, 2013

A multi-year study of the Whirlpool galaxy (M51) has shaken up astronomers’ views of the properties of giant…
Very massive stars can be born in relatively low-density environments

November 21, 2013

Most stars are typically born from fragments of matter floating freely in the interstellar space, like space dust or…
‘Heaven and Hell’ in the Serpent’s Tail

November 21, 2013

Renowned astrophotographer and UA astronomy educator Adam Block has taken a deep space photograph revealing the glowing, colorful…
Formation of Massive Stars from Giant, Turbulent Molecular Clouds

November 20, 2013

In their quest to understand the origins of stars and galaxies in our universe, astrophysicists use supercomputers to…
Magnetic ‘Force Field’ Shields Giant Gas Cloud during Collision with Milky Way

November 4, 2013

Doom may be averted for the Smith Cloud, a gigantic streamer of hydrogen gas that is on a…
Observations reveal critical interplay of interstellar dust, hydrogen

September 26, 2013

For astrophysicists, the interplay of hydrogen — the most common molecule in the universe — and the vast…
Milky Way Gas Cloud Causes Multiple Images of Distant Quasar

August 29, 2013

For the first time, astronomers have seen the image of a distant quasar split into multiple images by…
Is the Cloud the Greenest Way to Go?

July 1, 2013

Study finds moving select computer services to cloud promises significant energy savings. A six-month study led by Lawrence…
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