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Cosmic Paintbursh Revealed: Force That Shapes Nebulae Uncovered By Astronomers

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January 25, 2001
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University Of Rochester
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The cosmic “paintbrush” that creates some of the most dazzling images in the night sky may have been found by researchers at the University of Rochester, a paper in the January 25 issue of Nature suggests. A magnetic dynamo similar to the kind that produces storms on our sun appears to shape planetary nebulae, the wispy clouds of light that radiate from some dying stars.

The cosmic “paintbrush” that creates some of the most dazzling images in the night sky may have been found by researchers at the University of Rochester, a paper in the January 25 issue of Nature suggests. A magnetic dynamo similar to the kind that produces storms on our sun appears to shape planetary nebulae, the wispy clouds of light that radiate from some dying stars. The scientists have shown that as some stars die and expel their outer layers, they generate massive magnetic fields that twist the radiating material into beautiful and distinctive shapes.


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University Of Rochester. "Cosmic Paintbursh Revealed: Force That Shapes Nebulae Uncovered By Astronomers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 January 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/01/010125082804.htm>.
University Of Rochester. (2001, January 25). Cosmic Paintbursh Revealed: Force That Shapes Nebulae Uncovered By Astronomers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/01/010125082804.htm
University Of Rochester. "Cosmic Paintbursh Revealed: Force That Shapes Nebulae Uncovered By Astronomers." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/01/010125082804.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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