Watch an Amazing Simulation of the Spinning Turbulence Inside a Star

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 2:34PM
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 2:34PM
Watch an Amazing Simulation of the Spinning Turbulence Inside a Star
Stars look perfectly serene when we see them from Earth, but beneath the surface, they're filled with turbulent storms as a result of their internal spin. Now, the National Science Foundation has produced a computer simulation that shows the kaleidoscopic movement of a star that has the same amount of mass as our Sun, but is spinning five times faster.

Star Spinning

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"Stars like the sun harbor vigorous regions of intense turbulence below their seemingly calm surfaces," writes the NSF. "The turbulent motions are known as convection and they arise from the searing heat produced deep in the stellar core."
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In addition to having extremely hot cores, which can reach temperatures up to 100,000 degrees Fahrenheit, stars also have an internal spin, which is inversely proportional to their age. The spinning transforms magnetic energy into kinetic energy.

Star Spinning

In January, astronomers were able to calculate the spin of stars over a billion years old for the first time. Understanding stars' spin could allow us to create an accurate map of the ages of stars, which would be extremely helpful for finding signs of intelligent life in the universe. Since it's taken so long for complex life to develop on Earth, astronomers believe that planets as old as our Sun (or older) would be the best candidates to find recognizable life.

Star Spinning

Star Spinning

Star Spinning

Star Spinning

Via The Daily Mail
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