Star Birth

First, the big picture

Besides stars, galaxies constain gas and dust

The interstellar medium

How do we see these?

For some of this we need a radio telescope. Here is some information about radio telescopes from Prof. Schombert's web pages. For us, the important thing is that they can gather images from the sky using photons with radio wavelengths instead of optical wavelengths.

The dynamics of star birth

A simple model for star formation

Is there any evidence for this?

The protostar stage can be violent.

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Updated 5 November 2007

Davison E. Soper, Institute of Theoretical Science, University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403 USA