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A Star is born !

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 11:49 PM
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Creating a star in a lab? This is going to happen soon in The National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California. The scientists can then study how supernovas and star explosions work and what are thier characteristics and attributes.

We stare at the stars in the night, now we are creating one here, on earth !


When the world's most powerful laser facility flicks the switch on its first full-scale experiments later this month, a tiny star will be born on Earth.

It is this last area that has got the attention of scientists around the world, who hope to use the machine to study distant phenomena, such as the formation of planets or the violent explosions of supernovae, from the comfort of the lab.

To understand where we find ourselves in the Universe and what we find ourselves made of, one really needs to understand exploding stars," explained Professor Paul Drake of the University of Michigan.

The challenge is to do experiments that reproduce the conditions that occur and then scale the results to the astrophysical environment


Source: A Star is born


[edit on 21-5-2009 by sunny_2008ny]




posted on May, 21 2009 @ 11:55 PM
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The world's largest and highest-energy laser was certified to operate by the U.S. Department of Energy on March 27, 2009. In 2010, NIF will focus the intense energy of 192 giant laser beams on a BB-sized target filled with hydrogen fuel — fusing, or igniting, the hydrogen atoms' nuclei in the world's first controlled thermonuclear reaction. This is the same fusion energy process that makes stars shine and provides the life-giving energy of the sun.


The website of the National Ignition Facility lasers.llnl.gov...



posted on May, 22 2009 @ 12:24 AM
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It seems so miniscule, but this is huge. It truly is, i'm surprised noone has yet held protests about it, mainly religion fans, and those fearing black holes
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LHC and This are big times to live in, hopefully everything goes according to plan....

S and F for you friend for finding this, although I dont get out into the internet much..



posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:05 AM
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I love the tiny tip for fortune-hunters buried at the end of the article:


"Hydrocarbons would actually decompose to a mixture of hydrogen and a carbon," explained Professor Jeanloz. "The end result being that diamonds would actually be hailing out of the atmosphere."

Selling my DeBeers stocks now.

[edit on 22/5/09 by Astyanax]



posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:30 PM
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Did this come to mind for anyone else?




posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:45 PM
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This doesnt sound very safe to me. Why do we want a star on the Earth? Would that be very bad? What about UV rays? It may be small, but when this little sar explodes, will it not do alot of damage still?



posted on May, 22 2009 @ 04:40 PM
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Originally posted by AntiConspirator
This doesnt sound very safe to me. Why do we want a star on the Earth? Would that be very bad? What about UV rays? It may be small, but when this little sar explodes, will it not do alot of damage still?


A micro supernova on earth would be a very very bad thing, but considering the mass a star has to have to go supernova, it would probably die along the same lines as our sun, but how far would it expand and how much control would we have over a star?



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