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Simulations Solve a 20-Year-Old Riddle About Why Nebulae Around Massive Stars Don't Disappear
March 16, 2010
The birth of the most massive stars-those ten to a hundred times the mass of the Sun-has posed an astrophysical riddle for decades. Massive stars are dense enough to fuse hydrogen while they're still gathering material from the gas cloud, so it was a mystery as to why their brilliant radiation does not heat the infalling gas and blow it away.
American Museum of Natural History
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