New research could yield clues to the origin of massive stars
Massive stars are the rock stars of our universe. They may live fast and die young, exploding as powerful supernovae, but they have a fundamental influence on galactic evolution. But how are massive stars and clusters formed in our cosmos? This is the question that the SMART project seeks to answer. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, researchers will study the gas accretion mechanism that drives star formation and the mass ejection processes that occur throughout the stars’ entire life. Near-infrared observations of a sample of protostars will enable researchers to probe warm regions inside the star inner disc as well as outflows of matter. They may also reveal the presence of nearby lower-mass stars that could be forming a cluster.