RAS: Massive stars' magnetically controlled diets

Find out the latest thinking about our universe.
User avatar
bystander
Apathetic Retiree
Posts: 18685
Joined: Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:06 pm
Location: Oklahoma

RAS: Massive stars' magnetically controlled diets

Post by bystander » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:08 pm

Massive stars' magnetically controlled diets
Royal Astronomical Society (RAS PN 10/07) - 18th February 2010
A team of astronomers, led by Dr. Wouter Vlemmings at Bonn University, has used the MERLIN radio telescope network centred on the Jodrell Bank Observatory to show that magnetic fields play an important role during the birth of massive stars. Magnetic fields are already known to strongly influence the formation of lower-mass stars like our Sun. This new study reveals that the way in which high-mass and low-mass stars form may be more similar than previously suspected. The scientists report their work in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Image
(Tobias Maercker)