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The anatomy of a stellar outflow

(Phys.org) -- 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 ...

May 28, 2012 5 / 5 (10) 4 | with audio podcast

Star explosion leaves behind a rose

(PhysOrg.com) -- About 3,700 years ago, people on Earth would have seen a brand-new bright star in the sky. It slowly dimmed out of sight and was eventually forgotten, until modern astronomers later found ...

Dec 12, 2011 4.4 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast

Dark fireworks on the sun

On June 7, 2011, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a flash of X-rays coming from the western edge of the solar disk. Registering only "M" (for medium) on the Richter scale of solar flares, the blast at first appeared to ...

Jul 12, 2011 4.8 / 5 (8) 12 | with audio podcast

The drama of starbirth (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- 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 ...

Mar 16, 2011 4.3 / 5 (3) 7 | with audio podcast