A new survey of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, combines the capabilities of the Very Large Array and the Effelsberg telescope in Germany to provide astronomers with valuable new insights into how stars much more massive than the Sun are formed.
Astronomers used ALMA to study three young, high-mass stars and found a “chaotic mess.” They conclude that their observations support a proposed “disordered infall” model for massive young stars.
Hubble astronomers are investigating the dimming of one of the most colossal stars ever seen, VY Canis Majoris. Big enough to swallow our solar system out to Saturn’s orbit, the faded star is expelling huge dust clouds late in its life.
Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope study three mysterious, cold, dense clouds where high-mass stars form.