- According to current theories, material falls onto a developing star, known as a "protostar," from a surrounding disk. The interaction between this rotating disk and the nascent star leads to the narrowing of material into jets that blast away from the magnetic poles of the would-be star. These stellar jets, detected in X-rays by Chandra, generate shock waves similar to those produced by supersonic jets.
- Description Credit: INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo/S.Orlando; NASA/CXC/SAO/A. Jubett, et al.
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