star formation

A Star has Grown Spiral Arms

Astronomers using the ALMA Observatory have discovered an unusual, massive star near the center of our galaxy, a star that…

1 month ago

Recent Supernovae Produced Giant Cavities in the Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula is a well-known feature in the night sky and is visible in small backyard telescopes. Orion is…

2 months ago

Star Formation Simulated in the lab, Using Lasers, of Course

The vacuum of space isn't really a vacuum. A vacuum is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a space absolutely devoid of…

4 months ago

Supermassive Black Holes Shut Down Star Formation

Supermassive black holes play a central role to weaken star production in their galaxies.

4 months ago

Incredible Image Shows Twin Stellar Jets Blasting Out of a Star-Forming Region

Young stars go through a lot as they're being born. They sometimes emit jets of ionized gas called MHOs—Molecular Hydrogen…

7 months ago

Nearby Supernovae Exploded Just a few Million Years Ago, Leading to a Wave of Star Formation Around the Sun

The Sun isn't the only star in this galactic neighbourhood. Other stars also call this neighbourhood home. But what's the…

7 months ago

Astronomers Find the Biggest Structure in the Milky Way, a Filament of Hydrogen 1,600 Light-Years Long

An international team of astronomers spotted the largest filament of hydrogen in our galaxy, which could offer tantalizing clues about…

7 months ago

Astronomy Jargon 101: Giant Molecular Clouds

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll be a source of inspiration from…

8 months ago

New Hubble Image Shows Dark Cocoons Where New Stars are Forming

Star formation is a complex process. But in simple terms, a star forms due to clumps and instabilities in a…

9 months ago

What’s Snuffing Out Galaxies Before Their Time?

In the Milky Way, the formation rate of stars is about one solar mass every year. About 10 billion years…

9 months ago