Stellar Evolution

Astronomers Spot Three Interacting Systems with Twin Discs

Using the SPHERE instrument on the ESO's Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomers observed how interaction between disks affects…

2 months ago

The Latest JWST Image Shows a Star in the Earliest Stage of Formation

What's the most exciting thing about the James Webb Space Telescope? The stunning images? The completion of its torturous path…

3 months ago

Hubble saw the Same Supernova at Three Different Times Thanks to Gravitational Lensing

As cosmic events go, supernova explosions epitomize the saying, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse." They're the…

3 months ago

It’s Tough to Find Evidence of Stars Eating Planets

Tragically sometimes stars engulf their own planets. While most stars are able to quickly cover up the evidence for their…

3 months ago

ESO Finds the Ghostly Image of a Dying Star

Astronomical images never cease to delight, and the European Southern Observatory's image of the Vela nebula is no exception. (more…)

3 months ago

Hubble Looks at Newly Forming Stars in a Stellar Nursery

When we look at images of star birth regions, they look both placid and active at the same time. That's…

3 months ago

Two Stars Orbiting Each Other Every 51 Minutes. This Can’t End Well

We don't have to worry too much about our Sun. It can burn our skin, and it can emit potent…

4 months ago

Binary Stars Live Complicated Lives, Especially Near the End

We know what will happen to our Sun. It'll follow the same path other stars of its ilk follow. It'll…

4 months ago

Just 2,000 Years Ago, Betelgeuse Was Yellow, Not Red

Compared to the lifespan of stars, human lives are pretty short. Stars such as Betelgeuse (in Orion) live for millions…

5 months ago

Astronomers Find the Oldest Planetary Nebula

Planetary nebulae are short-lived "leftovers" of sun-like stars. Most of these "star ghosts" only last—at most—about 25,000 years. Usually, their…

5 months ago