2nd October 2019


What is a shock wave in astronomy?

It is usually agreed that shocks caused by supernova remnants expanding in the interstellar medium accelerate the cosmic rays measured above the Earth's atmosphere. Shock waves in stellar environments, such as shocks inside a core collapse supernova explosion often become radiation mediated shocks.

People also ask, how a shock wave is formed?

When a wave moves faster than the local speed of sound in a fluid, it is a shock wave. Like an ordinary wave, a shock wave carries energy and can propagate through a medium; however, it is characterized by an abrupt, nearly discontinuous change in pressure, temperature and density of the medium.
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