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Making Massive Stars

( -- Our understanding of star formation leans heavily on observations of stars like the sun, namely, those that are modest in mass and that are born and evolve at a relatively leisurely pace.

dateSep 15, 2009 in Astronomy
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Aircraft cause precipitation, hole-punch clouds

As turboprop and jet aircraft climb or descend under certain atmospheric conditions, they can inadvertently seed mid-level clouds and cause narrow bands of snow or rain to develop and fall to the ground, new research finds. ...

dateJun 14, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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An anarchic region of star formation

( —The Danish 1.54-meter telescope located at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured a striking image of NGC 6559, an object that showcases the anarchy that reigns when stars form inside an interstellar ...

dateMay 02, 2013 in Astronomy
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Measuring magnetic fields

( -- Polarized light is a familiar phenomenon, as people who prefer polarized sunglasses can testify. The electric field in a beam of light can vibrate either left-right or up-down, and the scattering or reflection ...

dateApr 09, 2012 in Astronomy
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The Light and Dark Face of a Star-Forming Nebula

( -- Today, ESO is unveiling an image of the little known Gum 19, a faint nebula that, in the infrared, appears dark on one half and bright on the other. On one side hot hydrogen gas is illuminated by a supergiant ...

dateMar 31, 2010 in Astronomy
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New Herbig-Haro jets in Orion

( -- 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 1641, located just ...

dateAug 20, 2010 in Astronomy
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