News tagged with star formation

The rise and fall of galactic cities

( —In the fable of the town and country mice, the country mouse visits his city-dwelling cousin to discover a world of opulence. In the early cosmos, billions of years ago, galaxies resided in the equivalent of ...

dateDec 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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SMA reveals giant star cluster in the making

W49A might be one of the best-kept secrets in our galaxy. This star-forming region shines 100 times brighter than the Orion nebula, but is so obscured by dust that very little visible or infrared light escapes.

dateDec 16, 2013 in Astronomy
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Explosive growth of young star

A star is formed when a large cloud of gas and dust condenses and eventually becomes so dense that it collapses into a ball of gas, where the pressure heats the matter, creating a glowing gas ball – a star is born. New ...

dateDec 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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Galactic clusters low on hydrogen

Astronomers at Swinburne University of Technology and their international collaborators have found evidence that galaxies that are located in groups might be running out of gas.

dateNov 25, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hidden details revealed in nearby starburst galaxy

Using the new, high-frequency capabilities of the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomers have captured never-before-seen details of the nearby starburst galaxy M82. These new ...

dateDec 09, 2013 in Astronomy
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Old young stars

( —The early stages of a star's life are critical both for the star and for any future planets that might develop around it. The process of star formation, once thought to involve just the simple coalescence of ...

dateNov 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Making the first stars

( —The first stars in the Universe are believed to have formed only a few hundred million years after the big bang, about 13.7 billion years ago. They heated and ionized the pristine intergalactic medium, and their ...

dateNov 18, 2013 in Astronomy
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