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The cool clouds of Carina

( -- Observations made with the APEX telescope in submillimetre-wavelength light reveal the cold dusty clouds from which stars form in the Carina Nebula. This site of violent star formation, which plays host to ...

dateNov 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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The making of dust

( -- On the Earth, dust particles are everywhere - under beds, on bookshelves, even floating in the air. We take dust for granted. Dust is also common in space, and it is found for example in the cold, dark molecular ...

dateJul 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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Magnetic fields in interstellar clouds

( -- Magnetic fields play an important role in the formation and evolution of stars, as they stretch around a hot medium like a rubber band and help to determine the flow of material onto or away from the star.

dateMar 25, 2011 in Astronomy
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The drama of starbirth (w/ video)

( -- A new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope gives a close-up view of the dramatic effects newborn stars have on the gas and dust from which they formed. Although the stars themselves are not visible, material ...

dateMar 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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Young stellar clusters

( -- 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 to become ...

dateJan 17, 2011 in Astronomy
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Discovery of the "Pigtail" molecular cloud

A research team of the Department of Physics, Keio University, has discovered a molecular cloud with a peculiar helical structure by observation with the NRO 45m Telescope at Nobeyama Radio Observatory, National Astronomical ...

dateSep 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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