Stanford University’s High Temperature Gasdynamics Lab creates entry V0045 for the 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics using the Shimadzu Hyper Vision HPV-X2. They used the HPV-X2 to document 10 microseconds of magnetically accelerated plasma jets at 10 million frames per second in their laboratory. Check out the video below…

V0045: A Terrestrial Stellarium: Replicating the Birth of Stars in the Laboratory

Keith Loebner, Stanford University
Victor Miller, Stanford University
Thomas Underwood, Stanford University
Mark Cappelli, Stanford University

Oftentimes it is thought that astrophysical phenomena are remote, both physically and conceptually, from everyday experience. This may be only half-true; much of the (magneto) fluid dynamics taking place across the universe, from swirling disks of ionized gas to colliding interstellar clouds, is indeed many light years away from us on Earth. However, striving to understand the (literally) cosmic forces that guide the mechanics of our world is at the core of what makes us human. Our efforts to take that which is astronomically remote, and to scale it into a time and space that is compehensible (and visible!) to scientists in the laboratory is one small, token contribution to that ideal.

Learn more at: Gallery of Fluid Motion presented by the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics