# Massive star formation in 100,000 years from turbulent and pressurized molecular clouds

@article{McKee2002MassiveSF,
title={Massive star formation in 100,000 years from turbulent and pressurized molecular clouds},
author={Christopher F. McKee and Jonathan C. Tan},
journal={Nature},
year={2002},
volume={416},
pages={59-61}
}
• Published 6 March 2002
• Physics, Geology
• Nature
Massive stars (with mass m* > 8 solar masses M[circdot]) are fundamental to the evolution of galaxies, because they produce heavy elements, inject energy into the interstellar medium, and possibly regulate the star formation rate. The individual star formation time, t*f, determines the accretion rate of the star; the value of the former quantity is currently uncertain by many orders of magnitude, leading to other astrophysical questions. For example, the variation of t*f with stellar mass…
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