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A universal law for star formation

( -- Star formation is studied by astronomers not only because it produces new stars and planetary systems. It also generates copious amounts of ultraviolet light that heats dust which in turn causes the birth ...

dateJan 09, 2012 in Astronomy
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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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