Thursday, June 16, 2011

Research finds young stars blast water into space at 120,000mph - 15th June 2011

Research has uncovered that young stars blast huge jets of water into space at a speed 80 times faster than a bullet.

The discovery was uncovered by scientists at the Leiden University in The Netherlands who focused on a protostar located in the constellation Perseus, which is around 750 light years from earth.

The star is aged at no more than 100,000 years and still remains surrounded by a large gas-cloud and dust from which the star was born.

During the research the scientists used an infrared instrument at the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory to look through the cloud.

In doing so they detected both hydrogen and oxygen atoms moving on and around the star.

They then traced the path of these atoms and concluded that water forms on the star at a few thousand degrees Celsius.

As they are blasted out of the star’s north and south poles they face temperatures of 100,000 degrees Celsius which turned the water back into gaseous form.

Once these gases hit the surrounding material they cool quickly and condense, reforming as liquid water. Read More