If you thought shock waves were only for science fiction movies, look again. JPL in Pasadena captured this infrared image of a shock wave created by a speeding star named Kappa Cassiopeiae. I have seen various movies and science fiction shows in which a star explodes and creates a shock wave that can destroy ships and space stations but to see an actual shock wave is pretty cool besides being quite beautiful. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is responsible for the image.
- Speeding Star Creating Shock Wave In New Image From NASA (personalliberty.com)
- Runaway star creates bow shock as it speeds through galaxy (earthsky.org)
- Shocking behavior of a runaway star: High-speed encounter creates arc (sciencedaily.com)