News tagged with star formation

How nature shapes the birth of stars

(Phys.org) -- Using state of the art computer simulations, a team of astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany have found the first evidence that the way in which stars form depends on their birth ...

May 11, 2012
4.7 / 5 (6) 6 | with audio podcast

OD and SH - two new molecules in space

(Phys.org) -- The discovery of two new molecules and a detailed analysis of various phases of star formation – this is what the observatory SOFIA can report after completing its first series of science ...

May 11, 2012
4.7 / 5 (6) 2 | with audio podcast

X-ray quasars, and a distance record

Quasars are thought to be galaxies whose bright nuclei contain massive black holes around which disks are actively accreting matter. The accretion process releases vast amounts of energy, often including a ...

Apr 30, 2012
3 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Image: Hubble peeks inside a stellar cloud

(Phys.org) -- These bright stars shining through what looks like a haze in the night sky are part of a young stellar grouping in one of the largest known star formation regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud ...

Apr 23, 2012
5 / 5 (4) 8 | with audio podcast

When stellar metallicity sparks planet formation

New research predicts the criteria needed for Earth-like planets to form around a star that have one-tenth the metallicity of our Sun. If researchers find small, rocky planets orbiting stars with lower metallicity, ...

Apr 10, 2012
5 / 5 (1) 9 | with audio podcast

Measuring magnetic fields

(Phys.org) -- Polarized light is a familiar phenomenon, as people who prefer polarized sunglasses can testify. The electric field in a beam of light can vibrate either left-right or up-down, and the scattering ...

Apr 09, 2012
5 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Recycling galaxies caught in the act

(PhysOrg.com) -- When astronomers add up all the gas and dust contained in ordinary galaxies like our own Milky Way, they stumble on a puzzle: There is not nearly enough matter for stars to be born at the ...

Mar 30, 2012
3.6 / 5 (5) 14 | with audio podcast

A planetary system from the early Universe

A group of European astronomers has discovered an ancient planetary system that is likely to be a survivor from one of the earliest cosmic eras, 13 billion years ago. The system consists of the star HIP 11952 ...

Mar 27, 2012
4.5 / 5 (14) 13 | with audio podcast

Stars made from galactic recycling material

(PhysOrg.com) -- Ordinary galaxies such as our own Milky Way contain a plethora of gas and dust. Nevertheless, there is not nearly enough matter to explain how galaxies produce new stars at the observed rates ...

Mar 15, 2012
5 / 5 (3) 6 | with audio podcast

Citizen scientists reveal a bubbly Milky Way

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of volunteers has pored over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and discovered more than 5,000 "bubbles" in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy. Young, hot stars blow these ...

Mar 07, 2012
4.8 / 5 (5) 25 | with audio podcast

Transforming galaxies

(PhysOrg.com) -- Many of the Universe's galaxies are like our own, displaying beautiful spiral arms wrapping around a bright nucleus. Examples in this stunning image, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on ...

Feb 13, 2012
4.8 / 5 (6) 1 | with audio podcast