Roughly half of all planetary systems have planets much closer to their stars than Mercury is to our Sun. Can a system’s magnetic field during the stage of planet formation explain why half of all systems (including our own) do not have these planets when the other half do?
Through tangled magnetic fields, super massive black holes and at least one otter, we explore how the phenomenal jets launched from the centre of galaxies are created.
Colliding gas clouds are believed to be the nurseries of baby stars. Could we tell observationally whether a cloud has experienced collisions?
Astrophysics covers a huge amount of scales from subatomic size to the size of the universe. Nevertheless, it is often possible to describe fundamental phenomena only with the help of few equations – although doing the calculations may reveal surprises.
Today’s guest post from Diana Yoder discusses the formation of magnetic twisters in the Sun.
Magnetic fields are believed to play an integral role in the formation of stars and protoplanetary disks. Today’s article took the one of the closest looks ever at the magnetic field around a baby star and unveiled its underlying structure.