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Swirling Secrets: Understanding the Turbulence of Gases in Planet-forming Protoplanetary Disks

April 1, 2013

diagram of a protoplanetary disk around a star Protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that surround most stars, may potentially become celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids. But just how they make that transformation will remain a mystery to science until researchers can get a grasp on the disordered movement, or turbulence. Jake Simon of the University of Colorado is the principal investigator of a research project to understand protoplanetary disk turbulence. Full Story

National Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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