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Saturday Physics for Everyone: Baby Stars: Take A Solar Mass of Gas and Dust and Just Add Gravity

Event Type
Community Service
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis Laboratory
Date
Oct 12, 2013   10:15 - 11:30 am  
Speaker
Professor Leslie Looney
Contact
Toni Pitts
E-Mail
tpitts@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-2948
Views
4795

Shrouded behind dense gas and dust, a star is born--not in Hollywood but in a molecular cloud in space. In this cocoon, a young protostar grows via gravity, while at the same time spewing material in huge spectacular outflows. At the very center, dust grains are growing, and a disk of material (the origin of planets) forms.  In this talk, I will explore the new and exciting images of these baby stars and what they tell us about star formation--and about our place in the Universe.

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