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Did Stellar Shockwaves Shape the Solar System?
« on: 30/09/2012 13:48:23 »
This week has seen planetary scientists gathering in Madrid for the European Planetary Science Congress, and several exciting new findings have been reported...

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Re: Did Stellar Shockwaves Shape the Solar System?
« Reply #1 on: 02/10/2012 17:45:07 »
very probably. the shock waves from supernova explosions probably tend to trigger the collapse of cool gas and dust clouds to condense into stars.  I have always considered this to be one of the reasons for spiral structures in disc galaxies with active star formation.
 

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Re: Did Stellar Shockwaves Shape the Solar System?
« Reply #2 on: 02/10/2012 17:51:51 »
After looking at the article I see that they were talking about shock waves from the sun as it went through the process of collapsing and starting up it nuclear furnace.  this clearly has an effect and as they start up young stars go through a very bright phase which scorches nearby planets and blows away the uncondensed dust and gas.
 

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