The Curiosity rover, which is designed to explore Mars, has found an ancient oasis on Mars. Researchers working with the Curiosity rover have found salt-enriched…
According to researchers the magnetic fields of galaxies may affect how fast stars are born, by influencing the giant molecular clouds that serve as stellar nurseries. Astronomers know that molecular clouds up to dozens of light-years across have pockets of gas that will form stars when they become dense enough to collapse under their own gravity. Still, much is poorly understood about the precise way in which these stellar nurseries take shape. The researchers reached their findings by studying M33. M33 is about 2.9 million light-years away and has spiral arms similar to those of our own galaxy. Using the Submillimeter Array of radio telescopes in Hawaii, the researchers observed giant molecular clouds in M33’s spiral arms.
By analyzing how the light from these clouds was polarized, they detected how the clouds’ magnetic fields were oriented, and discovered that the fields were aligned with the spiral arms. This suggested that they are being influenced by the galaxy’s magnetic field.
Astronomers Discovered That Dione Has Atmosphere
Asteroid 3552 Don Quixote May Escape from Our Solar System
NASA Space Telescopes Reveal How the First Supernova Ever Recorded Occurred
Moon and Constellation Gemini
Higgs Boson in Space - Theories and Facts
ATV-2 Cargo Spacecraft's Final Descent
Cassini Close Approach to Saturn Moon Enceladus
Messier 9 Shines in Hubble's New Photo