Questions tagged [star-formation]

Questions related to the physical processes involved in or to the observations of the process of forming a star.

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Are metallicities of molecular clouds lower in the outskirts of the galaxy?

(this question was originally posted in an answer by user PSR-1937-21 to another post. I find it an interesting one, but since they don't seem to be active anymore, I'm posting it to see if somebody ...
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Why do double neutron stars remain bounded?

I read that in principle, the formation of a double neutron star requires that at the time of the second supernova explosion the binary consists of a $\sim$ 1.4 solar mass neutron star, and a second ...
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SExtractor parameters for identifying Star Forming regions

I am using SExtractor (Source Extractor) to identify Star-Forming regions in a galaxy. The problem is I am unable to choose the parameters required for it. SExtractor is just a tool to identify the ...
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What is the average and the median mass and luminosity of a star?

I've heard in many places that the Sun is an average star, but in Wikipedia it says that about 75% of stars are M-type stars that are way less massive and fainter that the Sun. So how massive and ...
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How to account for the effect of Star Formation History on the inferred Stellar Initial Mass Function?

I am studying a paper The effect of star formation history on the inferred stellar initial mass function and trying to reproduce the given results. According equation (1) in the paper, the inferred ...
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Can distribution of stars / planets formation be a long-tailed one?

We know that peak of star formation already passed 10.1146/annurev-astro-032620-021910 and it looks like peak of planet formation occurred slightly after formation of Earth 10.1017/S1473550415000208 ...
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Is the magnetic field strength of a star predictable from mass, composition, age and angular momentum alone?

This answer to Which stellar properties can we describe as “first principles” in which we can derive the rest? contains an intriguing bit: That states that composition and mass are the two key ...
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Why does the star formation rate correlate with the total stellar mass in star forming galaxies?

The so-called "Main Sequence" of star-forming galaxies (e.g., Brinchmann et al. 2004; Noeske et al. 2007) clearly points to a linear relation between the stellar mass of galaxies and their star ...
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Freefall timescale for a Jeans-unstable hydrogen cloud of mass M

I'm working on a project (personal, not academic) that involves calculating the collapse timescales for protostars which will end up becoming stars of varying given masses. I'm treating the pre-main ...
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What is the physical reason of the mirror principle in the stellar evolution?

I understand that stars transition into the red giant phase by obeying the mirror principle, as written here: Shell-burning stars obey something called the mirror principle, which is an observation ...
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What's the profound reason(s) why the star formation rate drives the scatter of the mass-metallicity relation in galaxies?

Since decades it's well known that a correlation between stellar mass and metallicity (Z; both stellar and gas-phase Z, but here I focus on the gas-phase Z) exists (e.g., Tremonti+04; analysis of >...
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Has anybody measured the mass density profile $\Sigma = \Sigma (r)$ of a protoplanetary disk? (when $r<1$ AU)

I've been trying to find research articles where the mass density distribution $\mathrm{\Sigma = \Sigma(r)}$ is determined for protoplanetary disks, when $r<1$ au. For instance: Here A. Miotello, ...
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What happens if supernova undergoes in tightly close multi stars system

I do wonder in a tight or close orbital binary stars or multi stars system, if one stars undergoes supernova and that blast can lead another stars in the system to become supernova, too? Is there ...
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what is the difference between Composite Stellar Population and Galaxy Spectral Energy Distribution?

I am reading Conroy et al. (2013), an extensive review on Stellar Population Synthesis technique, and I really can't get the difference between Composite Stellar Population and Spectral Energy ...
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Is there a metallicity threshold past which star formation is impossible?

I've learned that metallicity is a very important factor to consider when talking about a star's formation and lifecycle. That gets me wondering whether a high enough metallicity could prevent the ...
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Why does rotation prevent the further contraction of the cloud?

In the book Horizons: Exploring the Universe (2018) by M.Seeds and D.Backman, chapter 9, page 170-171, it states that: At least four factors resist the compression of an interstellar gas cloud, and ...
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Supernova impact on Protostar formation

What would be the impact on the formation of a new star (protostar) when a nearby star (within 10 LY) goes supernova? Will the force of the explosion (once it arrives in the Molecular Cloud where the ...
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What is the most mass that matter likely to form?

If we plot graph between accumulate of forming mass (y-axis) and mass (x-axis), where is the maximum ? There is a story how I get this question. It start when I think about question "Is our sun is ...
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What direction do Herbig Haro outflows go from?

After doing some research about Herbig Haro objects, I found that the outflows are formed perpendicular to the circumstellar disk. Is that the same direction as the star's rotation, or is it the ...
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How do the orbits of star systems V871 Centauri (septuple), Gamma Cassiopeiae (octuple), and QZ Carinae (nonuple) work?

Several years ago, I asked the question on here, "How do the orbits of Nu Scorpii and AR Cassiopeiae work?" At the time, these two stellar systems were the most populated (I don't know the ...
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How do I code the formula for the minimum mass of a stellar fragment from Whitworth & Stamatellos, 2006?

I was researching the formation of brown dwarfs, and I stumbled into the paper "The minimum mass for star formation, and the origin of binary brown dwarfs", and I am attempting to code a ...
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How can you tell the rough phase of star formation a star is in from the current radius and mass of the star?

This question is really bothering me since I'm getting mixed thoughts. The masses of the stars in question are 0.92 solar masses and 0.29 solar masses. The diameters are 1,400,000 km and 750,000 km ...
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