A study of galaxies NGC 4342 and 4291 has thrown into question the idea that black holes grow in sync with bulges of stars around them, but may be more closely related to the amount and distribution of dark matter.
An artist conception of a newly formed star surrounded by a swirling protoplanetary disk of dust and gas, where debris coalesces to create rocky 'planetesimals' that collide and grow to eventually form planets.
A new image from ESO’s VISTA telescope captures a celestial landscape of glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357 in a surprising new light.
Marcelo Bassani de Freitas's insight:
Make sure you see the image comparing the visible light and the infrared light.
A spectacular new image of the star-forming Carina Nebula has been captured by the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory and released on the occasion of the inauguration of the telescope in Naples today.