News tagged with dense clouds

Making stars in early galaxies

(—Ten billion years ago or so, at least according to the current picture, the youthful universe began to produce an abundance of new stars. The very first ones appeared in the young cosmos after only a few hundred ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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A bad day on Venus gets even worse

Contrary to its alluring name, Venus is the planet from hell, with an atmosphere so hot, toxic and heavy that any visitor would risk being simultaneously melted, suffocated and crushed.

dateFeb 29, 2012 in Space Exploration
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APEX turns its eye to dark clouds in Taurus

( -- A new image from the APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) telescope in Chile shows a sinuous filament of cosmic dust more than ten light-years long. In it, newborn stars are hidden, and dense clouds of gas ...

dateFeb 15, 2012 in Astronomy
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Stellar embryos

( -- Stars form as gravity coalesces the gas and dust in interstellar clouds until the material produces clumps dense enough to become stars. But precisely how this happens, and whether or not the processes are ...

dateJan 23, 2012 in Astronomy
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Predicting Arctic sea ice loss

( -- Arctic clouds are strongly tied to Arctic sea ice loss. To find the strength of those ties, a team led by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory tested a prominent climate model with observed ...

dateJan 17, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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A universal law for star formation

( -- Star formation is studied by astronomers not only because it produces new stars and planetary systems. It also generates copious amounts of ultraviolet light that heats dust which in turn causes the birth ...

dateJan 09, 2012 in Astronomy
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Celestial bauble intrigues astronomers

( -- With the holiday season in full swing, a new image from an assembly of telescopes has revealed an unusual cosmic ornament. Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton have been combined ...

dateDec 20, 2011 in Astronomy
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