dec 092013
Anne's Image of the Day: Dark Cloud Barnard 68

December 9, 2013 Barnard 68, a dark cloud in Ophiuchus  Image Credit: ESO Barnard 68 (named after the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard) is a molecular cloud, dark absorption nebula or Bok globule of about half a light-year across and a mass about twice that of the Sun, located within our Milky Way galaxy, only [continue reading]

sep 022013
ALMA Found One of the Brightest and Massive Protostars

  Thanks to data detected with the ALMA radio telescope, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, Chilean and foreign astronomers were able to detect a star in formation–a protostar–that appears to be one of the brightest and massive found in our Milky Way galaxy. The giant  molecular cloud known as G331.5-0.1, which is located in the [continue reading]

aug 202013
Anne's Image of the Day: The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex

August 20, 2013 The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud, a dark nebula in Ophiuchus Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud complex (Rho Oph for short, or the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud) is a dark nebula of gas and dust within our Milky Way that is located about 460 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of [continue reading]

apr 072013
Signs of Star Formation Near Milky Way's Black Hole

  Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered signs of star formation perilously close to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. If confirmed, this would be the first time that star formation was observed so close to the galactic center. A combined ALMA and Very Large [continue reading]

mrt 272013
How To Build A Really, Really Big Star

  It takes a village, say researchers   Stars ten times as massive as the Sun, or more, should not exist: as they grow, they tend to push away the gas they feed on, starving their own growth. Westerhout 3 (W3) is a giant molecular cloud about 6200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the [continue reading]

mrt 062013
Anne's Picture of the Day: The Boogie Man Nebula

March 6, 2013 The Boogie Man Nebula, a molecular cloud in Orion Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona ( The Boogie Man Nebula (also known as Lynds’ Dark Nebula (LDN) 1622) is a dark molecular cloud of less than 10 light-years across that lies only 500 light-years away in the constellation [continue reading]