Birth of stars can now be examined in detail. Image: Pixabay
New method to measure the birth of stars

Scientists have finally solved the problem of measuring magnetic properties of methanol in space, which allows them to study the birth of starts in more detail than ever before. Magnetic fields play a role in the birth process of starts, but measuring these has always been impossible until now. Methanol is found in areas where high mass stars form. These stars are important for the formation of carbon and metals, and researchers hope to determine the origin of chemicals in space with the newly available technique.

Read the full story: Radboud University Nijmegen
Scientific publication: Nature Astronomy