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Spawning Stars

An extraordinary new image shows a protostellar disk fragmenting into multiple stars

November 22, 2016 — Caleb A. Scharf

Deep Space, Branching Molecules, and Life’s Origins?

If biologically important organic molecules like amino acids could form in interstellar space, the implications would be enormous. On the Earth we find plenty of amino acid species inside certain types of meteorites, so at a minimum these compounds can form during the assembly of a proto-stellar, proto-planetary system (at least this one) and end [...]

September 30, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Giving ALMA a Heart Transplant

Giving ALMA a Heart Transplant

Before they can see Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) must complete an epic to-do list.

August 11, 2014 — Seth Fletcher

Did the Solar System Just Gain 2 New Worlds?

A pair of scientific papers suggest that the ALMA observatory may have detected 2 new "planet-scale" objects associated with the outer realms of the solar system. But should we be awed or skeptical?

December 10, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf