star formation

Black Holes don't Just Destroy, They Also Help With Star Formation

Black holes destroy stars, but their powerful jets can also clear the way for new stars to form.

7 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…

8 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…

10 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…

10 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…

11 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.…

12 months ago

Galaxy Mergers can Boost Star Formation, and it can Also Shut it Down

Galaxy mergers are beautiful sights, but ultimately deadly. In the midst of the collision, the combined galaxy will shine brighter…

12 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…

1 year ago

This is the Fireworks Galaxy. It’s had ten Supernovae in the Last Century Alone

Say hello to NGC 6946, otherwise known as the Fireworks Galaxy. This little galaxy is the most prolific producer of…

1 year ago

Massive stars get kicked out of clusters

The largest stars in the universe tend to be loners, and new research points to the reason why. Although massive…

1 year ago