Starburst meaning

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A shape or design with emanating rays that resembles the flash of light produced by an exploding star.
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An unusually rapid and intense burst of star formation in a galaxy.
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A pattern or design characterized by lines radiating from a central point.
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The rapid formation of large numbers of new stars in a galaxy at a rate high enough to alter the structure of the galaxy significantly. Starburst galaxies, which are very luminous, form stars at rates that are between tens and hundreds of times faster than those of ordinary galaxies. Initial star formation is believed to be brought on by violent events such as collisions, or near collisions, with other galaxies, in which shockwaves cause the gases in the interstellar medium to collapse into protostars . The resulting stars are generally massive and short-lived. These stars become supernovae that create further shock waves, triggering yet more star formation.
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A violent explosion, or the pattern (likened to the shape of a star) supposed to be made by such an explosion.
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(typography) A symbol similar to an asterisk, but with additional rays: ✺.
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(astronomy) A region of space with an unusually high rate of star formation.
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(astronomy) A period in time during which a region of space experiences an unusually high rate of star formation.

The Milky Way will see a starburst in approximately 200 000 000 years.

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(astronomy, of a region of space) To experience an unusually high rate of star formation.
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Origin of starburst

  • star +"Ž burst

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