Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 84, Issue 2, pp 317–330 | Cite as

An observational approach to the early stages of stellar evolution

  • V. A. Ambartsumian
  • L. V. Mirzoyan


During the last three decades an observational approach has been applied at the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory to the problems of the evolution of astronomical bodies and systems. In contradiction to the traditional point of view, assuming that the processes of condensation are dominant in the Universe, this approach makes use of the observed predominance of expansions, ejections, and explosions.

In the past, the observational approach has led to the prediction of an expansion of some stellar associations confirmed later by the analysis of observations. It became clear that the stellar associations are very young systems where the star-formation process is still continuing. The new approach has also led to the concept of the activity of galactic nuclei. The observational approach considers as a phenomenon of primary importance the formation of nebulae as a consequence of the activity of dense bodies (nebulae surrounding the novae, planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, cometary nebulae, and the diffuse nebulae in OB-associations).

The new approach in application to the early stages of stellar evolution is discussed. The T Tauri-stage is considered as a phase following the more dense protostellar state. The flare stars are regarded as the next phase of evolution. The phenomena of fuors (FU Ori-type brightenings) can be considered as an expression of the same tendency (the transformation of dense matter into a rarefied state).


Flare Dense Matter Dense Body Supernova Remnant Stellar Evolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Ambartsumian
    • 1
  • L. V. Mirzoyan
    • 1
  1. 1.Byurakan Astrophysical ObservatoryArmenia, USSR

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