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Peering into the heart of the Milky Way

15 May 2018 Astronomy Now

Data from ESA’s Planck spacecraft and the European Southern Observatory’s international APEX experiment are combined to produce a unique view across the entire plane of the Milky Way galaxy showing details large and small, from the galactic core to its outer neighbourhoods.

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The properties of pre-stellar cores and the birth of stars

18 January 2016 Astronomy Now

Stars like the Sun begin their lives as cold, dense cores of dust and gas that collapse under the influence of gravity until nuclear fusion is ignited. How the collapse process occurs is poorly understood, so astronomers are actively studying these issues by observing young stars in the process of being born.