star formation

  • Of local bubbles, and star birth and death

    New discovery adds to knowledge of how stars are made, and how they die.

    Almost all of the young stars within hundreds of light-years of Earth are on the fringe of a giant “local bubble” in ...

    Astrophysics January 17, 2022
  • How was the asteroid belt formed?

    We answer a reader’s question that takes us back 4.6 billion years, to the beginning of the solar...

    How was the asteroid belt formed? I heard there was supposed to have been another planet there, but there doesn’t see...

    Astronomy December 9, 2021
  • Radioactive elements in the early solar system

    Data from a stellar nursery yields clues about our own star’s formation.

    An international team of scientists have found new clues about the development of our solar system, after examining r...

    Astronomy August 17, 2021
  • Galactic fireworks go off

    New images reveal violent births in stellar nurseries.

    An international team of astronomers has snapped stunning images of "galactic fireworks", capturing stellar nurseries...

    Astrophysics July 16, 2021
  • Where a star is born

    Fascinating new insights from the 238th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

    Stars like our Sun are born in stellar nurseries – cosmic clouds of dust and gas that churn out thousands of astral p...

    Astrophysics June 9, 2021
  • Star-making motion

    International team produces the world’s highest-resolution simulation of astrophysical turbulence.

    Quantum physicist Richard Feynman once called turbulence “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics”. ...

    Astrophysics January 12, 2021
  • Elements of surprise in new star study

    Carbon discovery has implications across astrophysics.

    Stars churn out carbon much faster than previously thought, according to new measurements by Australian and Norwegian...

    Astrophysics October 10, 2020
  • Focus

    Shedding new light on star formation

    The missing ingredients were heavy metals.

    Australian astronomers have developed a new model to study the birth of stars, spanning cosmic time from the beginnin...

    Astronomy October 7, 2020
  • Close encounters likely spawned stellar births

    Astronomers reconsider the impact of Sagittarius.

    New stars are likely to have been born in the Milky Way as a result of recurrent encounters with the Sagittarius dwar...

    Astronomy May 26, 2020
  • A bit of disruption, simulated

    Milky Way may fling stars into its outer halo, astronomers say.

    This simulated galaxy image, representing a structure spanning more than 200,000 light-years, shows the prominent plu...

    Astronomy April 21, 2020
  • Thar she blows – up in space

    Most energetic outflow from a distant quasar detected.

    Astronomers say they have detected the most energetic wind ever measured from any quasar. It is travelling at nea...

    Astrophysics April 16, 2020
  • A giant stellar nursery

    Isolated stars may lend insight into star formation.

    This region of space with the bright pink cloud and the young stars surrounding it is known somewhat drily as LHA 120...

    Astronomy March 20, 2020
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