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New Study Resolves Mystery of How Massive Stars Form
January 15, 2009
Theorists have long wondered how massive stars--up to 120 times the mass of the sun--can form without blowing away the clouds of gas and dust that feed their growth. But the problem turns out to be less mysterious than it once seemed. A study published this week in the journal Science shows how the growth of a massive star can proceed despite outward-flowing radiation pressure that exceeds the gravitational force pulling material inward.
University of California, Santa Cruz
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