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Apr 10

Planck highlights the complexity of star formation

Source: ESA Space Science


A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen with Planck.
Credit: ESA/Planck

New images from ESA’s Planck space observatory reveal the forces driving star formation and give astronomers a way to understand the complex physics that shape the dust and gas in our Galaxy.

Star formation takes place hidden behind veils of dust but that doesn’t mean we can’t see through them. Where optical telescopes see only black space, Planck’s microwave eyes reveal myriad glowing structures of dust and gas. Now, Planck has used this ability to probe two relatively nearby star-forming regions in our Galaxy.(read more)

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