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Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory

7 Aug 2019, 03:59 UTC
Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Vast interstellar events where clouds of charged matter hurtle into each other and spew out high-energy particles have now been reproduced in the lab with high fidelity. The work, by MIT researchers and an international team of colleagues, should help resolve longstanding disputes over exactly what takes place in these gigantic shocks.

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