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Birth of a planet

The Earth and the planets of our solar system are not alone in the universe. Over the past few decades, the hunt for extrasolar planets has yielded incredible discoveries, and now planetary researchers have a new tool—simulated ...

Sep 04, 2012 4.8 / 5 (4) 0

Flaring Young Stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- The constellation of Vela (visible only from the southern hemisphere) contains a set of giant clouds of gas and dust known collectively as the Vela Molecular complex.

Jan 04, 2010 4.7 / 5 (7) 0 | with audio podcast

A ghost in Cepheus

Described as a "dusty curtain" or "ghostly apparition," mysterious reflection nebula VdB 152 really is very faint. Far from your neighborhood on this Halloween Night, the cosmic phantom is nearly 1,400 light-years ...

Nov 01, 2012 4 / 5 (1) 0

Studying a Star Before it is Born

(PhysOrg.com) -- The first phase of a star's formation are thought to begin deep inside a natal cloud of gas and dust. In the earliest stages, material coalesces under the influence of gravity into so-called ...

Dec 04, 2009 4.7 / 5 (6) 1

Deep astrophoto of LDN 673

What a stunning view of this dark region of space! This image, by astrophotographer Callum Hayton shows LDN 673, a molecular cloud complex that lies in the constellation Aquila. This region is massive—around ...

Aug 05, 2014 5 / 5 (3) 0

Water around massive young stars

Water is critical to human life, but also plays an important role in the life of stars and their planetary systems. As a gas, water helps to cool collapsing clouds of interstellar material so that they can ...

Sep 16, 2010 4 / 5 (2) 1