New Method of Detecting Starbirth
A team of scientists from the European Space Agency have uncovered a method of detecting when a massive protostar has begun to warm up and become a star. Using the ESA's Infrared Space Observatory and the James Clerk Maxwell telescope on Hawaii, the team looked for the presence of Hydrogen cyanide; a toxic chemical that only forms when the star has reached a very precise stage of its evolution. Using this method, Astronomers will be able to locate protostars on the verge of forming stars, and learn more about this process.
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