Tag: astronomy

Star clusters: Star families come in all ages, shapes and sizes

Have you ever taken time to gaze at the stars on a clear night, either with a casual eye or a telescope?  If so, you might have seen the famous star cluster, the Pleiades, without even knowing it! Known as the Seven Sisters from Greek mythology, it is a bright and compact group of stars…. Read more »

Early Evolution of Protoplanetary Disks

Anyone growing up in the 1990s or earlier would recollect that our solar system had nine planets, but did you ever wonder if planets exist outside the solar system? Planets found outside of our solar system are called extrasolar planets or exoplanets. Approximately 5,600 exoplanet candidates have been discovered since 1993, and nearly 2,000 exoplanets have… Read more »