News tagged with star formation

A magnified supernova

Supernovae are among astronomers most important tools for exploring the history of the universe. Their frequency allows us to examine how active star formation was, how heavy elements have developed, and the ...

Sep 27, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 1

Star formation laws

Take a cloud of molecular hydrogen add some turbulence and you get star formation – that’s the law. The efficiency of star formation (how big and how populous they get) is largely a function of the ...

Sep 26, 2011 4.7 / 5 (3) 4

Help! My stars are leaking!

Star clusters are wonderful test beds for theories of stellar formation and evolution. One of the key roles they play is to help astronomers understand the distribution of stellar masses as stars form (in ...

Sep 16, 2011 4.7 / 5 (3) 6