star formation

Scientists Track How a Giant Wave Moved Through Our Galactic Backyard

Astronomers say there's a wave rippling through our galactic neighborhood that's playing a part in the birth and death of…

2 months ago

Even if We Can’t See the First Stars, We Could Detect Their Impact on the First Galaxies

For a long time, our understanding of the Universe's first galaxies leaned heavily on theory. The light from that age…

2 months ago

A Black Hole Has Cleared Out Its Neighbourhood

We can't see them directly, but we know they're there. Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) likely dwell at the center of…

3 months ago

Feast Your Eyes on 19 Face-On Spiral Galaxies Seen by Webb

If you're fascinated by Nature, these images of spiral galaxies won't help you escape your fascination. These images show incredible…

3 months ago

Young Stars in the Outskirts of Galaxies Finally Have an Explanation

Star formation is well understood when it happens in the populous centers of galaxies. From our vantage point on Earth,…

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

Astronomers Find the Birthplaces of Stars in the Whirlpool Galaxy

Understanding how star-forming works at a galactic scale is challenging in our Milky Way. While we have a general understanding…

4 months ago

JWST Reveals Protoplanetary Disks in a Nearby Star Cluster

The Orion Nebula is a favourite among stargazers, certainly one of mine. It’s a giant stellar nebula out of which,…

5 months ago

What Can Slime Mold Teach Us About the Universe?

What can slime molds tell us about the large-scale structure of the Universe and the evolution of galaxies? These things…

6 months ago

Supermassive Black Holes Shut Down Star Formation During Cosmic Noon

Using data from Webb's NIRSpec instrument, an international team has confirmed that quasars shut down star formation in galaxies billions…

6 months ago