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Sandia experiments at temperature of sun offer solutions to solar model problems

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Sandia’s Z machine helps reconcile sun’s energy and composition Experimenting at 4.1 million degrees Fahrenheit, physicists at Sandia…
Hubble Explores the Formation and Evolution of Star Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud

September 10, 2019

Different structures of star clusters are due to different levels of dynamical aging. Like batches of cookies, stars…
Total Annihilation for Supermassive Stars

August 16, 2019

A renegade star exploding in a distant galaxy has forced astronomers to set aside decades of research and…
Best of Both Worlds: Asteroids and Massive Mergers

August 16, 2019

University of Arizona researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey’s near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts…
Artwork by Carl Knox, OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. Artist illustration of the three neutron star components revealed during the 2016 Vela glitch'.
Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets

August 14, 2019

If parts of the neutron star interior start to move outwards, the star spins faster. This is called…
Image of a Type Ia supernova. Image credit: Zwicky Transient Facility
Ghosts of Ancient Explosions Live on in Stars Today

August 6, 2019

When small, dense stars called white dwarfs explode, they produce bright, short-lived flares called Type Ia supernovae. These…
Finding order in the chaos of turbulence

June 27, 2019

Turbulence can be found in places large and small, from exploding supernovae and sprawling ocean currents, to the…
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…
Bizarre Star Could be the Result of Two White Dwarfs Merging Together

May 23, 2019

Stars live and die on epic time scales. Tens of millions of years, hundreds of millions of years,…
Galaxy Blazes with New Stars Born from Close Encounter

May 16, 2019

A Glancing Blow Between Two Galaxies Results in a Firestorm of New Stars Springing into Life. One doesn’t…
SOFIA Follows the Sulfur for Clues on Stellar Evolution

April 11, 2019

The high-flying SOFIA telescope is shedding light on where some of the basic building blocks for life may…
SOFIA Captures Cosmic Light Show of Star Formation

March 30, 2019

When massive stars — many times larger than our Sun— are born, they shine hot and bright before…
Magnetic fields in the Orion Nebula, shown as stream lines over an infrared image taken by the Very Large Telescope in Chile, are regulating the formation of new stars. SOFIA’s HAWC+ instrument is sensitive to the alignment of dust grains, which line up along magnetic fields, letting researchers infer the direction and strength. Credits: NASA/SOFIA/D. Chuss et al. and European Southern Observatory/M.McCaughrean et al.
SOFIA Uncovers Clues to the Evolution of Universe and Search for Life

February 21, 2019

A compilation of scientific results from The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, reveal new clues to how…
Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient White Dwarf Star Encircled by Puzzling Rings

February 20, 2019

A volunteer working with the NASA-led Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known…
Hubble Captures Smoking Gun of a Newborn Star

February 16, 2019

In this image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the smoking gun of a newborn star, the Herbig–Haro…
Liberal Sprinkling of Salt Discovered around a Young Star

February 8, 2019

New ALMA observations show there is ordinary table salt in a not-so-ordinary location: 1,500 light-years from Earth in…
The “stuff” of the universe keeps changing

February 7, 2019

Review discusses how stable elements came from the lives and deaths of stars The composition of the universe—the…
Newborn Stars in the Orion Nebula Prevent Other Stars from Forming

February 1, 2019

The Orion Nebula is one of the most observed and photographed objects in the night sky. At a…
Stellar winds, the source material for the universe, are clumpy

January 25, 2019

Data recorded by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of a neutron star as it passed through a dense patch…
A New Technique to Figure Out How Old Stars Are

January 16, 2019

Our understanding of the universe, and of the Milky Way, is built on an edifice of individual pieces…
Thousands of stars turning into crystals

January 10, 2019

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the…
Newly discovered adolescent star seen undergoing ‘growth spurt’

December 21, 2018

Astronomers have discovered a young star undergoing a rare growth spurt – giving a fascinating glimpse into the…
An illustration of a young star undergoing an outburst, in which material from a surrounding disk has drained onto the star itself, bulking up its mass. Gas is seen flowing outward in green. Credit: Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)
Young Star Caught in a Fit of Growth

December 20, 2018

Researchers have discovered a young star in the midst of a rare growth spurt—a dramatic phase of stellar…
NASA Satellites Spot Young Star in Growth Spurt

December 19, 2018

An adolescent star in the midst of a dramatic growth phase has been observed with the help of…
Fragmenting Disk Gives Birth to Binary Star ‘Odd Couple’

December 17, 2018

One Star Potentially Formed in Planet-like Fashion Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array…
ALMA's high-resolution images of nearby protoplanetary disks, which are results of the Disk Substructures at High Angular Resolution Project (DSHARP). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), S. Andrews et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello
The Epoch of Planet Formation, Times Twenty

December 14, 2018

ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit…
Unknown Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust

December 7, 2018

The first unbiased survey of protoplanetary disks surrounding young stars in the Taurus star-forming region turned up a…
Kepler telescope captures extraordinary observations of a star’s death throes

December 4, 2018

An exploding star in another galaxy has been documented with unprecedented precision thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope’s K2…
We May Soon Be Able To See the First, Supergiant Stars in the Universe

November 29, 2018

We need to talk about the dark ages. No, not those dark ages after the fall of the western…
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