aug 222013
 
A Close Look at Drama of Starbirth

  Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have obtained a vivid close-up view of material streaming away from a new-born star. By looking at the glow coming from carbon monoxide molecules in an object called Herbig-Haro 46-47 they have discovered that its jets are even more energetic than previously thought. The very detailed [continue reading]

feb 082013
 
Bursts of Light Discovered in a Suspected Binary Protostar

  Two of NASA’s Great Observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a police strobe light. This Hubble Space Telescope monochromatic-color image resolves the detailed structure around the protostar, consisting of two cavities that are traced by light scattered off their edges above [continue reading]

okt 042012
 
Nearby Planetary System Hosts Comet Crystals

  Pristine material that matches comets in our own Solar System have been found in a dust belt around the young star Beta Pictoris by ESA’s Herschel space observatory.   Close-up of olivine crystals seen inside a meteorite found on Earth that originated from a partly melted Solar System asteroid. The yellow olivine crystals are [continue reading]

sep 112012
 
Planets Can Also Form in the Galactic Center

  At first glance, the center of the Milky Way seems like a very inhospitable place to try to form a planet. Stars crowd each other as they whiz through space like cars on a rush-hour freeway. Supernova explosions blast out shock waves and bathe the region in intense radiation. Powerful gravitational forces from a [continue reading]