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The anatomy of a stellar outflow

( -- Astronomers used to think that star formation simply involved the gradual coalescence of material under the influence of gravity. No longer. Making a new star is a complex process, among other things assembling ...

dateMay 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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Possible water in the atmosphere of a super-Earth

A "super-Earth" is an exoplanet (a planet around another star) whose mass is between about two and ten Earth-masses. Planets larger than this are closer to Uranus and Neptune in size (and perhaps in other physical properties ...

dateMar 05, 2012 in Astronomy
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Hot cores in dark clouds

( -- 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 relatively quickly, ...

dateDec 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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