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Focus, while I display flows ferocious about science, technology, creativity, and innovation. I'm very interested in how all of the above impact culture and society. I believe that the most scientifically literate among us will move society forward at a speed we've never seen before. I also believe that the most creative among us will make that trip forward a fun one. This is my personal blog, filled with wondrous things from across the Universe, which will hopefully inspire you to go change the world, or at least, your seat.
(Movies of jets from young stars at HubbleSite: here)
If you’re like me and maybe a little confused as to what you’re looking at, here’s some more detail (Yes, even Joe has to look stuff up sometimes):
As a star is formed from collapsing dust, ever increasing its density and energy, it begins to form a disk of dust and gas pulled in and rotated by its growing gravity. Perpendicular to this disk, like the tip of a spinning top, some gas is ejected away from the growing star in a high-energy jet. As this collides with interstellar gas, it gives off radiation, which we can observe with telescopes like Hubble.
To see the jets, we have to shift into the infrared and other spectra, as the radiation is outside normal human vision. These movies represent the first time we’ve seen the dynamics of the jets as opposed to still images. More info on protostellar jets here, you star-freaks.