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Magnetic Waves Create Chaos in Star-Forming Clouds

12 Sep 2018, 13:00 UTC
Magnetic Waves Create Chaos in Star-Forming Clouds NASA/ESA/F. Paresce/R. O’Connell/WFC3

New research by Stella Offner, assistant professor of astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin, finds that magnetic waves are an important factor driving the process of star formation within the enormous clouds that birth stars. Her research sheds light on the processes that are responsible for setting the properties of stars, which in turn affects the formation of planets orbiting them, and, ultimately, life on those planets. The research is published in the current issue of the journal Nature Astronomy.

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