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Slowing Star Formation: A Key to Astrobiology?

3 Dec 2018, 16:48 UTC
Slowing Star Formation: A Key to Astrobiology? ESO

The rate of star formation in our galaxy is about two new stars per year, a sedate pace that may play its role in the emergence of life. A new study out of Australian National University looks at the factors that can slow star formation, particularly in galaxies and star clusters still young enough to contain large amounts of dusty gas. What ANU’s Roland Crocker and colleagues want to determine is an upper limit on how quickly stars can form in any giant gas cloud.

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