The Births of Stars and Planetary Systems

Throughout the universe, stars like our Sun are born in stellar nurseries. These are places of extremely high-density gas and dust. Infrared wavelengths are critical when observing these regions, since they often cannot be probed any other way. The high-resolution infrared capability of the Subaru Telescope continues to unveil how stars are created. Researchers have successfully imaged planets outside of our solar system as well as the birthplace of planets - disks made of dust and gas. Such findings help us understand the diversity and universality of extrasolar planets.

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