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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Clouds of Sand and Iron Swirl in a Failed Star’s Extreme Atmosphere

by Jason Major January 9, 2013

Artist’s concept of brown dwarf  2MASSJ22282889-431026 (NASA/JPL-Caltech) The complex weather patterns within the atmosphere of a rapidly-rotating brown dwarf have been mapped in the highest detail ever by researchers using the infrared abilities of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes… talk about solar wind! Jason Major on Google+

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Life of a Star

by Fraser Cain December 2, 2009

Stars are kind of like people. They’re born, they live their lives, and then they die. Let’s take a look at the life of a star. All stars start out a giant clouds of neutral hydrogen, which has been left over since the Big Bang. Some event, such as a nearby supernova explosion causes the […]

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