Apr 13, 2011
Herschel unravels interstellar filaments
The golden thread of the star formation

The Herschel space telescope of the European Space Agency (ESA) has given astrophysicists unpublished images of interstellar filament networks, in which the majority of stars are formed. By combining these observations with theoretical models, the researchers were able to characterize these filaments precisely, a further advance in understanding where and how stars are born. This work of an international team coordinated by the Astrophysics Laboratory - AIM Paris Saclay Laboratory (CEA-Irfu - CNRS - Paris Diderot University) is published online in Astronomy and Astrophysics on 13 April 2011.

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