News tagged with interstellar medium

How old are the first planets?

To build a planet you need lots of rubble and that means lots of heavy elements – stuff more massive than atoms of hydrogen and helium. The elemental composition of the collapsing nebula that gave birth ...

Aug 31, 2012 4.8 / 5 (9) 10 | with audio podcast

All about dust

(Phys.org)—The space between stars is not empty—it contains copious amounts of gas and dust. Astronomers estimate that about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy is contained in the interstellar ...

Aug 28, 2012 5 / 5 (3) 3

Water vapor in space

(PhysOrg.com) -- Water is a critical molecule for human life, and, because it is abundant in the interstellar medium, it also plays an important role in the life of molecular clouds and the stars and planets ...

Feb 04, 2011 4.8 / 5 (11) 0 | with audio podcast

Binary planetesimals

(PhysOrg.com) -- In fewer than ten million years, the material in the disk around a young star will either be accreted on to its star, dispersed into the interstellar medium, or converted into planets or smaller ...

Jan 28, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 2 | with audio podcast

Building a new planet

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers over the past decade have made remarkable progress in the study of extrasolar planets; over 500 distant worlds are now confirmed. Meanwhile, as this active research community continues ...

Jan 04, 2011 4.6 / 5 (10) 7 | with audio podcast