News tagged with gravitational collapse

Large water reservoirs at the dawn of stellar birth

(Phys.org)—ESA's Herschel space observatory has discovered enough water vapour to fill Earth's oceans more than 2000 times over, in a gas and dust cloud that is on the verge of collapsing into a new Sun-like ...

Oct 09, 2012
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Massive Stars Near the Galactic Center

The Central Molecular Zone (CMZ) of our galaxy is a giant complex of molecular gas and dust situated in the innermost 700 light-years of the Milky Way. Although the galaxy is over 100,000 light-years in size, ...

Aug 28, 2009
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A new class of dim supernovae

The colossal stellar explosions called supernovae come in many kinds and flavours. Some of them are produced when a massive star reaches the end of its life in a sudden gravitational collapse. Astronomers ...

Jun 05, 2009
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Cyanoacetylene in IC 342

Star formation is an incredible process, but also notoriously difficult to trace. The reason is that the main constituent of stars, hydrogen, looks about the same well before a gravitational collapse begins, ...

May 16, 2011
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