Star Formation

One of the Brightest Star-Forming Regions in the Milky Way, Seen in Infrared

Certain parts of the galaxy are more magical than others.  There are barren wastelands where barely a particle strays through…

2 weeks ago

Star Formation Begins When Clouds of Gas Crash Into Each Other

To trigger star formation, you need to compress a lot of gas into not a lot of volume. To make…

2 months ago

Young Stars can Evaporate Nearby Disks Before They can Form Planets

Many planetary systems may get snuffed out before they even get a chance to form, according to new research. The…

2 months ago

There are new Stars Forming Near the Core of the Milky Way Despite the Harsh Environment

The central core of our galaxy is not a friendly place for star formation, and yet new observations have revealed…

4 months ago

Newly Forming Stars Don’t Blast Away Material as Previously Believed. So Why Do They Stop Growing?

We thought we understood how stars are formed. It turns out, we don't. Not completely, anyway. A new study, recently…

4 months ago

The Core Of The Milky Way Is An Extreme Place

Astronomers always like to look at incredibly violent places.  Violence, in the astronomical sense, makes for rare conditions that can…

5 months ago

Astronomers Can Predict When a Galaxy’s Star Formation Ends Based on the Shape and Size of its Disk

A galaxy's main business is star formation. And when they're young, like youth everywhere, they keep themselves busy with it.…

6 months ago

The Universe in Formation. Hubble Sees 6 Examples of Merging Galaxies

Audio narration by the author is available above 10 billion years ago, galaxies of the Universe were ablaze with the…

6 months ago

This is a Simulation of the Interstellar Medium Flowing Like Smoke Throughout the Milky Way

How do stars form? We know they form from massive structures called molecular clouds, which themselves form from the Interstellar…

6 months ago

Astronomers See a Newly Forming Planetary Disk That’s Continuing to Feed On Material from its Nebula

Over the last few years, astronomers have observed distant solar systems in their early stages of growth. ALMA (Atacama Large…

8 months ago