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Researchers Find Pebble-Size Particles Of Interstellar Dust

Researchers Find Pebble-Size Particles Of Interstellar Dust In The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Current theories suggest that rocky planets like Earth start their lives as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand. Filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula might...

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protoplanetary discs in a double star
2014-07-31 05:31:40

ESO Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas disks around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary disks in a double star. The new result also helps to explain why so many exoplanets — unlike the planets in the Solar System — came to have strange, eccentric or inclined orbits. The results will appear in the journal...

Protostars In Orion Nebula Doomed By Larger Stars
2014-03-11 06:11:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found that some protostars in the Orion Nebula are doomed from the beginning. The Orion Nebula has hundreds of young stars, or protostars, and even some “proplyds,” which are stars that are even younger than protostars. Astronomers have discovered that some of these young stars will have their planet-forming dust and gas blasted away from another star when...

Astronomers Discover Drastic Chemical Change In The Birth Of A Planetary System
2014-02-14 04:33:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists led by the University of Tokyo say that the chemical compositions of an interstellar cloud and the disk are not identical. Stars are formed by the contraction of interstellar gas and dust, and this mix ends up helping to eventually form planets. However, scientists have wondered whether the chemical compositions of the interstellar cloud and the disk that creates the planets are identical. The latest findings,...

Discovery Helps Explain Binary Systems
2013-12-31 14:59:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the Very Large Array (VLA) have made a discovery that helps explain how double-star systems form. Half of all sun-like stars are part of double or multiple-star systems, and scientists have long debated over how these systems form. The latest discovery of previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of young protostars lends strong support for one of these explanations. "The only way to resolve the debate is to...

Explosive Milky Way Protostar Reveals Details About Star Formation
2013-12-04 14:04:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in northern Chile, scientists have identified a very young star in our galaxy which had such an explosive birth, it used to be about 100 times brighter than it is now, according to a new study in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The study, from astrophysicists at the Niels Bohr Institute and the Centre for Star and Planet Formation at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, has...

Astronomers Find Huge 'Hot Core' Enveloping Infant Star
2013-10-04 13:31:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered an infant star while looking at an infrared dark cloud that is about ten times larger than those found around typical solar-mass baby stars. A team using the ALMA Observatory was looking at infrared dark cloud G34.43+00.24 MM3 when it discovered the baby star. Hot molecular clouds around new-born stars are known as "Hot Cores" and have temperatures that are 100 degrees hotter than normal molecular clouds....

Hubble Views A Cosmic Caterpillar
2013-08-30 06:46:53

[ Watch The Video - Protostar IRAS 20324+4057 Zoom Sequence ] NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast. But the meat of the story is not only what this cosmic caterpillar eats for lunch, but also what's eating it. Harsh winds from extremely bright stars are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this "wanna-be" star and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape. The culprits are 65 of the...

Zombie-Like Vortex Gives Final Push To Birth New Star
2013-08-21 14:06:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, most astronomers have agreed on the basic steps that lead to star formation, except one – how a cloud of swirling gas can slow down enough to concentrate into something capable of nuclear fusion. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley has found evidence of “zombie vortices” within a gestating star leading to a final push that gives birth to a new star. According to prevailing theories, stars begin...

ALMA Scan Reveals Embryonic Star Formation
2013-07-10 05:07:12

[ Watch the Video: Zooming in on the Birth of a Monster Star ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers used ESO's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) to gain one of the best views yet of a star in the process of forming. The embryonic monster star sits inside Spitzer Dark Cloud (SDC) 335.579-0.292 right now, which contains over 500 times the mass of the Sun. Astronomers say the cloud will be giving birth to a very brilliant star with up to...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cosmogony -- Cosmogony is the study of the origins of celestial objects. It is most commonly used to refer to the study of the origin of the solar system. Currently, the most widely accepted theory is that the solar system was formed roughly 5 billion years ago with the collapse of a nebula of gas and dust, likely caused by shock waves generated by a nearby supernova. The solar system would have formed as a member of a star cluster, now long-since dispersed throughout the Milky Way over...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Star Formation -- Star formation is the process by which gas in molecular clouds gets transformed into stars. In the current paradigm of star formation, cores of molecular clouds (regions of specially high density) became gravitationally unstable, and start to concentrate. Part of the gravitational energy lost in the process is radiated in the infrared, another part increases the temperature of the core. The accretion of material happen partially though a circumstellar disc. When...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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