star formation

Early Supermassive Black Holes First Formed as Twins

by Jason Major November 6, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter It’s one of the puzzles of cosmology and stellar evolution: how did supermassive black holes get so… well, supermassive… in the early Universe, when seemingly not enough time had yet passed for them to accumulate their mass through steady accretion processes alone? […]

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The Great Galactic Turn-Off

by Tammy Plotner August 1, 2013

Are you ready for a new galactic puzzle? Then let’s start with some clues. It has been long assumed that some galaxies reach a point in their evolution when star formation stops. In the distant past, these saturated galaxies appeared smaller than those formed more recently. This is what baffles astronomers. Why do some galaxies […]

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Jets Boost — Not Hinder — Star Formation in Early Galaxies, New Study Suggests

by Shannon Hall July 12, 2013

Understanding the formation of stars and galaxies early in the Universe’s history continues to be somewhat of an enigma, and a new study may have turned our current understanding on its head. A recent survey used archival data from four different telescopes to analyze hundreds of galaxies. The results provided overwhelming evidence that radio jets […]

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ALMA Spots a Nascent Stellar Monster

by Jason Major July 10, 2013

Even though it comprises over 99% of the mass of the Solar System (with Jupiter taking up most of the rest) our Sun is, in terms of the entire Milky Way, a fairly average star. There are lots of less massive stars than the Sun out there in the galaxy, as well as some real […]

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Spectacular Night Launch from NASA Wallops Shines Bright Beacon on Star Formation in Early Universe

by Ken Kremer June 7, 2013

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – The spectacular night time launch of a powerful Black Brant XII suborbital rocket from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore at 11:05 p.m. June 5 turned darkness into day as the rocket swiftly streaked skyward with the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) on a NASA […]

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