Fast Facts About Star-Forming Regions of the Universe

Orion Nebula


Stars are born in nurseries with a collection of siblings that range in mass but share chemical compositions and dynamic histories. The natal environment containing a large number of “just-born” celestial objects is called a “Star Forming Region”. We find them scattered across the Milky Way primarily in the disk of the Galaxy.  In this article I review four fast facts of these critical components to propagating new generations of stars in the Universe.

Jackie Faherty, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and Editor at The Daily Galaxy.