How stars are born…

I was scouting about on the internet to find more information about young stars and star formation (largely because I think it would be useful for me to know) and I stumbled upon this video! Watch it with sound if possible. The music fits very nicely…

Every second in this video is probably equivalent to around 10 million years (at a guess) in real time. Watching the fluid dynamics of a stellar nursery in action are strangely hypnotic. It seems perfectly logical as well. In fact, you can easily observe similar patterns in your bathroom sink. I’m not sure exactly how accurate this model is, but I’m guessing it’s reasonably good as Alé recognised the name of the guy at Exeter Uni at the start.
I must confess to being a keen advocate of the fractal nature of the universe. All too often, it seems, a process you can watch on one scale is eerily similar to processes you can look at on a much larger scale. For one, you must admit, it’s remarkable how some nebulae look so much like smoke lingering in still air.

Just take a look at the wisps in the background of Hubble’s picture of The Pleiades…

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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