National Geographic is reporting an unimaginable phenomenon:
Seven hundred and fifty light-years from Earth, a young, sunlike star has been found with jets that blast epic quantities of water into interstellar space, shooting out droplets that move faster than a speeding bullet.
I saw this yesterday and thought it merited a diary, which will be a very short one because of my lack of cosmological skillz. I did do a search for "star" and "water" here on DK and didn't turn up anything, so my apologies if someone else beat me to it.
The discovery suggests that protostars may be seeding the universe with water. These stellar embryos shoot jets of material from their north and south poles as their growth is fed by infalling dust that circles the bodies in vast disks.
Many of my past comments have argued against dismissing unusual or unexplainable phenomena merely because they don't fit neatly into accepted theories that are nonetheless still based on linear logic and limited experience. No theory can ever be sufficiently complex and advanced enough to explain our Universe in all of its unfathomable glory. Who could have imagined this, water jets shooting from the poles of stars - and yet, there it is. Apparently there are new things, under other suns.
Enjoy the link, and wonder along with me what this discovery can tell us.