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Thursday, April 16, 2009

 

Cosmic Diary - Why Star Formation?

Cosmic Diary has a new feature article on star formation by David Barrado y Navascués from the Laboratorio de Astrofisica Estelar y Exoplanetas. It's a very nice overview of the lifecycle of stars. From the blurb:

Like humans and other animals, stars have a life cycle. But how are they "born"? Why do they form in the way that they do, and how does this influence their lives? How important is gravity, or what they are made of, or where they are created? Until relatively recently these were questions it seemed we had little hope of answering, but thanks to modern scientific technology and techniques, the secrets of stars can be revealed to all.

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