View Full Version : Nearby Clouds of Gas are Stellar Nursaries in the Making

2006-Mar-29, 04:47 AM
SUMMARY: Astronomers from Boston University have carefully mapped the giant gas clouds in our region of the Milky Way, offering clues to the environment that helped create our Solar System. The team used a large radio telescope that captures high frequency radio waves. When viewed at this wavelength, the clouds are far more transparent, and their inner structure is revealed. All of the clouds they've studied so far are lumpy, and will eventually be the birthplaces of stars.

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2006-Mar-29, 08:37 PM
They mentioned a star forming region...

...the GRS team estimates that somewhere between 100 and 1000 stars are likely to form out of W51.
Is this a run-of-the-mill region? Or, are there typically much smaller regions with fewer stars forming?