August 24, 2023 at 8:22 am

A New Simulation Shows Us What’s Really Happening Inside Stars

by Jen Sako

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In a recent escapade of scientific exploration published in Nature Astronomy, a band of intrepid researchers donned their virtual spacesuits to embark on an exhilarating journey. Armed with the magic of computer simulations, they delved into the tumultuous symphony of heat and energy swirling within these colossal cosmic spheres. Their simulations, more intricate than a galactic jigsaw puzzle, unveiled the cataclysmic inner workings of the mesmerizing flicker and twinkle of stars.

Why is this dance of heat and light so vital?

Imagine unlocking the cosmic secrets of stellar evolution—the cosmic cradle to grave journey stars undertake. By cracking the code of this intricate choreography, astronomers might finally grasp how stars evolve, morph, and eventually succumb to the final curtain call in their cosmic lifespan.

University of Sydney astronomer study coauthor May Gade Pedersen told Scientific America,

“What I find really fascinating with astronomy is how much we can learn just from studying the light of stars. Because that’s all we really have.”

By deciphering this cosmic choreography, scientists could potentially retrieve the missing puzzle pieces of galaxy formation. Think of it as glimpsing the behind-the-scenes action of how galaxies come to life.

Within every star, a zone of convection exists where heat and energy waltz from the core to the cosmic periphery.

Imagine this dance of energy reaching its crescendo at the boundary, resulting in a spectacular collision causing gravity waves. These cosmic ripples, akin to the echoes of celestial laughter, traverse through the star’s heart igniting the flickers and twinkles that captivate us on Earth.

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Pedersen told SciAm,

“Waves inside a star are like the waves you see in the ocean. So if you throw a stone into water, you see it generate waves that’s moving away from where you threw the stone in.”

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Evan Anders, an astronomer at Northwestern University and another of the study’s co-authors, said the following in a press release.

“Motions in the cores of stars launch waves like those on the ocean. When the waves arrive at the star’s surface, they make it twinkle in a way that astronomers may be able to observe. For the first time, we have developed computer models which allow us to determine how much a star should twinkle as a result of these waves. This work allows future space telescopes to probe the central regions where stars forge the elements we depend upon to live and breathe.”

With the help of virtual stagecraft, scientists are unraveling the secrets of of how stars evolve, galaxies form, and perhaps even shedding light on the ultimate cosmic opening act of how our galaxy was born.