Gaze in Awe at This Breathtaking Hubble Image of an Outburst From a Baby Star

An epic outburst from a baby star still in the process of forming has been captured in a spectacular Hubble image. Roughly 1,250 light-years away, in the Orion molecular cloud star-forming region, jets from a protostar are punching through the cloud at supersonic speeds, heating the gas and causing it to glow brightly. The result … Read more

Death star: In cosmic first, scientists observe red supergiant just before it explodes

It’s much easier for scientists to see the messy aftermath of stellar explosions than to watch the prelude to the drama. But finally, astronomers managed to observe a red giant star just as it “went supernova,” as exploding stars are called. Using a telescope in Hawaii, a team of scientists gathered observations of a red … Read more

Physicists Observe Incredible ‘Quantum Tornados’ Formed From Ultra-Cold Atoms

Scientists have observed a stunning demonstration of¬†classic physics giving way to quantum behavior, manipulating a fluid of ultra-cold sodium atoms into a distinct tornado-like formation. ¬† Particles behave differently on the quantum level, in part because at this point their interactions with each other hold more power over them than the energy from their movement. … Read more