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The Birth of Star Clusters

  • Steven Stahler
  • Addresses a fundamental question in astrophysics: how do diffuse clouds of gas condense into the collections of luminous objects we call stars?

  • Summarizes modern research into birth of stars in clusters

  • Offers observational and theoretical perspectives on how star clusters arise, both in various regions of the Milky Way as well as distant galaxies


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 424)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Joana Ascenso
    Pages 1-37
  3. Patrick Hennebelle
    Pages 39-67
  4. Angela Adamo, Nate Bastian
    Pages 91-118
  5. Eric D. Feigelson
    Pages 119-141
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About this book


All stars are born in groups. The origin of these groups has long been a key question in astronomy, one that interests researchers in star formation, the interstellar medium, and cosmology. This volume summarizes current progress in the field, and includes contributions from both theorists and observers. Star clusters appear with a wide range of properties, and are born in a variety of physical conditions. Yet the key question remains: How do diffuse clouds of gas condense into the collections of luminous objects we call stars?

This book will benefit graduate students, newcomers to the field, and also experienced scientists seeking a convenient reference.


Bound and Unbound Clusters Cosmology Extragalactic Star Clusters Massive Star Clusters OB Associations Origin of Globular Clusters Origin of Stellar Groups Star Clusters in the Galactic Center Star Formation Studies Super Star Clusters Star Cluster Formation

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Stahler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

About the editors

Dr. Stahler is a research astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a prominent theorist in star formation. He is also the co-author, with the late Francesco Palla, of a graduate-level textbook on the subject.

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