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SWISS CHEESE-LIKE GAS CLOUD HOLDS CLUES TO STARQUAKES

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Sodium Gas Cloud Experiment

This image depicts the formation of multiple whirlpools in a sodium gas cloud. Scientists who cooled the cloud and made it spin created the whirlpools in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology laboratory, as part of NASA-funded research. This process is similar to a phenomenon called starquakes that appear as glitches in the rotation of pulsars in space.

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