Tags: stars

New look at a bright stellar nursery

This overlay shows radio (orange) and infrared images of a giant molecular cloud called W49A, where new stars are being formed. A team of astronomers led by Chris DePree of...

Beyond the stars

Sitting for an interview in his office at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the normally voluble astronomer Dimitar Sasselov looks nervous. Asked for his favourite among...

Kepler’s surprise: The sounds of the stars

Data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope have revolutionized the search for planets outside the Solar System — and are now doing the same for asteroseismology. Most astronomers gaze at the...

Astronomers revisit dwarf stars’ promise

Kepler data spur searches for habitable planets around small, low-temperature stars. The eight 40-centimetre telescopes of MEarth are hunting for Earth analogues around M-dwarf stars. An Earth-like planet — and...