A massive middle-age star cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Galaxies peek through star clouds in massive cluster
Astronomers collect spectra in search for Sun’s lost siblings
The secret life of the Orion Nebula
Space bears witness to a constant stream of star births. Whole star clusters are often formed at the same time — and within a comparatively short period. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg have proposed a new mechanism that relies on the interplay between magnetic fields and gravitation to explain this quick formation, investigating a filament of gas and dust which also includes the well-known Orion Nebula.