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Protostar blazes bright, reshaping its stellar nursery

March 15, 2017

A protostar, nestled in its dust-filled stellar nursery, recently roared to life, apparently triggered by an avalanche of star-forming gas crashing onto the star's surface. This supports the theory that young stars can undergo intense growth spurts that reshape their surroundings. Astronomers made this discovery by comparing new observations from the NSF-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile with earlier observations from the Submillimeter Array in Hawaii. Full Story

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