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Image: Star factory NGC 7538

(Phys.org) —The billowing clouds portrayed in this image from ESA's Herschel observatory are part of NGC 7538, a stellar nursery for massive stars. Located around 9000 light-years away, this is one of the ...

Mar 04, 2014 5 / 5 (9) 59

Hot cores in dark clouds

(PhysOrg.com) -- The earliest stages in the life of a star are among the most mysterious. This is primarily because stars form inside dark clouds of material that block optical light, and because they form ...

Dec 06, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

Making massive stars

Massive stars -- those with more than about eight times the mass of the sun -- are arguably the most important actors in the universe. Much hotter and more luminous than the sun, they live only hundreds of ...

Sep 10, 2010 4.7 / 5 (6) 4 | with audio podcast

Where do supernovae come from?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Supernovae, the explosive deaths of massive stars, are among the most momentous events in the cosmos because they disburse into space all of the chemical elements that were produced inside ...

Sep 17, 2010 4.2 / 5 (10) 3 | with audio podcast

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 ...

Jan 17, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

Image: The NGC 5194 spiral galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51 or NGC 5194, is one of the most spectacular examples of a spiral galaxy. With two spiral arms curling into one another in a billowing swirl, this galaxy hosts over ...

Jan 28, 2014 5 / 5 (8) 0

'Witch Head' brews baby stars

(Phys.org) —A witch appears to be screaming out into space in this new image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The infrared portrait shows the Witch Head nebula, named after its ...

Oct 31, 2013 5 / 5 (6) 0