Star-forming region

A star-forming region (Copyright: NASA ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), ESA/Hubble Collaboration)

Cosmos

The thematic area of cosmos aims to understand the origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and planets like the Earth. Using state-of-the-art observational facilities across the world and in space and high-performance computers, this thematic area quantifies the physical and chemical processes involved in transforming pristine gas into stars, galaxies and rocky planets like Earth. The search for our cosmic ancestry is the key to understanding Earth as a member of a planetary system orbiting a star, orbiting a galaxy, interacting with the interplan-etary and interstellar medium, and exposed to cosmic events potentially affecting life on our planet.