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Dark clouds in space

(PhysOrg.com) -- Infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) are dark patches in the sky seen against the continuous, bright infrared background produced by our galaxy. IRDCs are rich in molecules and relatively dense, cool ...

dateSep 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Astronomy without a telescope -- star seeds

Molecular clouds are called so because they have sufficient density to support the formation of molecules, most commonly H2 molecules. Their density also makes them ideal sites for new star formation – ...

dateJun 20, 2011 in Astronomy
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The rose-red glow of star formation

The vivid red cloud in this new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope is a region of glowing hydrogen surrounding the star cluster NGC 371. This stellar nursery lies in our neighboring galaxy, the Small Magellanic ...

dateMar 30, 2011 in Astronomy
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Young stellar clusters

(PhysOrg.com) -- Most stars are thought to form in clusters rather than in isolation, as the gas and dust in a molecular cloud coalesces under the influence of gravity until clumps develop that are dense enough ...

dateJan 17, 2011 in Astronomy
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The rate of star formation

(PhysOrg.com) -- New stars continue to appear in the night sky, as the gas and dust in giant interstellar clouds gradually coalesces under the influence of gravity until nuclear burning begins.

dateNov 26, 2010 in Astronomy
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Water around massive young stars

Water is critical to human life, but also plays an important role in the life of stars and their planetary systems. As a gas, water helps to cool collapsing clouds of interstellar material so that they can ...

dateSep 16, 2010 in Astronomy
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New Herbig-Haro jets in Orion

(PhysOrg.com) -- A research team using the Subaru Prime Focus Camera (Suprime-Cam) has obtained some of the deepest and highest resolution images ever taken of the large star-forming molecular cloud Lynds ...

dateAug 20, 2010 in Astronomy
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