First image of NGC3576 at 450 microns, a Southern hemisphere region of high-mass star formation that is not observable with Northern telescopes. A&A letter preprint - paper online (pdf; 600 ko)
For several years the astrophysicists in the Star & Planet Formation Laboratory (LFEP) have carried out pioneering observational research on the early stages of star formation in interstellar clouds. The advent of the Herschel Space Observatory and the ground-based ArTéMiS submillimetre camera in the near future, as well as the increasing use of numerical simulations, have provided additional new impetus for these studies. Star formation research is supplemented by work on the structure of protoplanetary discs in an effort to shed light on the conditions required for planet formation. Closer to home, spectacular advances have been made in our understanding of planets and the rings of Saturn using the Cassini probe.
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