Astrophysics

The Cygnus-X star formation region

All about dust

August 28, 2012

The space between stars is not empty—it contains copious amounts of gas and dust. Astronomers estimate that about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy is contained in the interstellar gas and dust, and about 1% is in the form of tiny dust grains made predominantly of silicates, rather like fine sand. Some grains are also composed of carbon and other elements.... Read more about All about dust

Puzzle piece shaped image of gas

Press Release: A new map for a birthplace of stars

May 18, 2018

A Yale-led research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's Sun.

The maps provide unprecedented detail of the structure of the Orion A molecular cloud, the closest star-forming region of high-mass stars. Orion A hosts a variety of star-forming environments, including dense star clusters similar to the one where Earth's Sun is believed to have formed.... Read more about Press Release: A new map for a birthplace of stars

glue, Orion, and you, at CARMA-NRO Orion team meeting in CU Boulder, Colorado (remote), Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Title slide: glue, Orion, and you

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