The way hungry young stars suck in food keeps most X-rays in, too

Lab re-creation of feeding process will help better calculate how fast stars grow

young star surrounded by dust and gas

HOW DOES YOUR STAR GROW?  Young stars are surrounded by disks of dust and gas that will eventually form planets, as shown in this artist’s illustration. But first, the stars suck material out of the disk via columns shaped by magnetic fields.


L. Calçada/ESO

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