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A Huge Wave is Passing Through the Milky Way Unleashing New Stellar Nurseries

January 10, 2020

Stars are formed within large clouds of gas and dust known as stellar nurseries. While star formation was…
Star formation in the Milky Way came in bursts

December 20, 2019

Two bursts of activity led to the formation of stars in the center of the Milky Way. New…
Ancient gas cloud reveals that the universe’s first stars formed quickly

November 11, 2019

The discovery of a 13 billion-year-old cosmic cloud of gas enabled a team of Carnegie astronomers to perform…
The alchemy of neutron stars

October 24, 2019

It was a sensation when astronomers observed gravitational waves from two merging neutron stars and a kilonova in…
Cascades of gas around young star indicate early stages of planet formation

October 18, 2019

What does a gestating baby planet look like? New research in Nature by a team including Carnegie’s Jaehan…
A Cosmic Pretzel

October 8, 2019

Twin baby stars grow amongst a twisting network of gas and dust. The two baby stars were found…
Food for young twin stars

October 7, 2019

Stars are born in the midst of large clouds of gas and dust. Local densifications first form “embryos”,…
Enigmatic radio burst illuminates a galaxy’s tranquil ​halo

October 1, 2019

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time observed that a fast radio burst passed…
Sandia experiments at temperature of sun offer solutions to solar model problems

September 11, 2019

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…
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