aug 222013
 
Stellar Winds Scatter Star-Forming Material

  A University of Alberta astrophysicist’s 3-D computer animation is helping an international research team get an unprecedented look at star-forming gases escaping from the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253 (The Sculptor Galaxy).    UAlberta astrophysicist Erik Rosolowsky created this 3-D rendering of carbon monoxide in the starburst galaxy NGC 253 (The Sculptor Galaxy).    Since 2011, [continue reading]

apr 182013
 
ALMA Pinpoints Early Galaxies at Record Speed

  A team of astronomers has used the new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) telescope to pinpoint the locations of over 100 of the most fertile star-forming galaxies in the early Universe. ALMA is so powerful that, in just a few hours, it captured as many observations of these galaxies as have been made by [continue reading]

jan 032013
 
How a Young Star and its Planets Grow Simultaneously

  Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have seen a key stage in the birth of giant planets for the first time. Vast streams of gas are flowing across a gap in the disk of material around a young star. These are the first direct observations of these streams, which are expected [continue reading]