Astronomical observations and modelling suggest that stars assemble out of the gas and dust collected in the cores of vast clouds in interstellar space. These cores gravitationally attract more material from the surrounding cloud, until enough mass is concentrated to trigger their gravitational collapse. The result of this process is a growing object (a protostar), slowly fed by a flattened disc of material (aprotostellar disc) that encircles it. These discs are the analogues of the early solar...[Show more]
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