Star Formation

Hubble Sees a Star About to Ignite

This is an image of the FS Tau multi-star system taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright object at…

4 weeks ago

Webb Sees a Star-Forming Region Blowing Vast Bubbles

Star birth is a messy and chaotic event. Some of the process remains well hidden behind clouds of gas and…

1 month ago

This Galaxy Was Already Dead When the Universe Was Only 700 Million Years Old

When a galaxy runs out of gas and dust, the process of star birth stops. That takes billions of years.…

2 months ago

Even Stars Like the Sun Can Unleash Savage Flares in Their Youth

Why would a young Sun-like star suddenly belch out a hugely bright flare? That's what astronomers at Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical…

2 months ago

The JWST Discovers a Galaxy That Shouldn’t Exist

Astronomers working with the JWST found a dwarf galaxy they weren't looking for. It's about 98 million years away, has…

3 months ago

Astronomers See Massive Stars Forming Together in Multiple Star Systems

All stars form in giant molecular clouds of hydrogen. But some stars are extraordinarily massive; the most massive one we…

3 months ago

The Oldest Known Spiral Galaxy Has Ripples Like the Surface of a Pond

Astronomers have detected pond-like ripples across the gaseous disk of an ancient galaxy. What caused the ripples, and what do…

4 months ago

JWST Sets a New Record, Sees Newly Forming Stars in the Triangulum Galaxy

Our Milky Way bristles with giant molecular clouds birthing stars. Based on what we see here, astronomers assume that the…

4 months ago

Three Baby Stars Found at the Heart of the Milky Way

The core of our Milky Way is buzzing with stars. Recently astronomers reported that it contains at least one ancient…

4 months ago

This Dark Nebula Hides an Enormous Star

The birth of a star is a spectacular event that plays out behind a veil of gas and dust. It's…

6 months ago