When I first began learning about stars, I expected them to be violent and chaotic places. And to an extent, they certainly are.
Pressures are unbelievably high in their cores—high enough to smash protons together, and this is no small feat. And near their surfaces, magnetic field loops twist and tangle and a number of eruptions disrupt satellite function on Earth from time to time.
Beyond the obvious, though, stars are actually surprisingly…peaceful.
While stable, they only produce enough energy to sustain their own mass. Their way of maintaining homeostasis is beautiful in its simplicity.
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