Star Formation

Are the Burned-Out Remnants of the First Stars all Around us?

The first stars to appear in the universe lived fast and died young. Today, none of them likely remain. But…

3 weeks ago

Astronomers Find a Giant Cavity in Space, Hollowed out by an Ancient Supernova

Gaia's 3-D mapping of the galaxy has revealed a cosmic bubble, with clues about how molecular clouds and stars form.

1 month ago

Astronomers Create 3D Printed Nebulae

Visualizations can inspire creative new ways of thinking about an object.  But holding that visualization in your hand adds a…

2 months ago

The Galactic Beauty of Star Formation

I'd never seen galaxy images like this before. Nobody had! These images highlight star forming regions in nearby(ish) galaxies. There…

2 months ago

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…

4 months 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…

5 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…

6 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…

7 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…

7 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…

8 months ago