from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A shape or design with emanating rays that resembles the flash of light produced by an exploding star.
- noun An unusually rapid and intense burst of star formation in a galaxy.
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- noun A violent
explosion, or the pattern (likened to the shape of a star) supposed to be made by such an explosion.
- noun typography A
symbolsimilar to an asterisk, but with additional rays: ✺.
- noun astronomy A
regionof spacewith an unusuallyhigh rate of star formation.
- noun astronomy A
periodin timeduring which a region of space experiences an unusually high rate of star formation.
- verb astronomy, of a region of space To experience an unusually high rate of star formation.
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These superwinds are common in so called starburst galaxies, like for example the nearby M82.
These so-called starburst galaxies have long been a puzzle to astronomers, but a new paper published in
M82 is classified as a starburst galaxy because within a small, central region it makes stars at a rate 10 times higher than that of the entire Milky Way.
NGC 253 is known as a starburst galaxy, after its very intense star formation activity.
I bought one with a "starburst" effect that blurs the edges of the image to create a sometimes-dreamy, sometimes-streaky shot, depending on what I was photographing.
In this one, she has switched on the "starburst" option or something but the effect is quite good:
Galaxies with high levels of star formation like M82, also known as "starburst" galaxies, have large numbers of supernovae and massive stars.
Let's just remember her "starburst" when we begin to feel like "has beens", used up, and out of ideas.
I like that little "starburst" of light near the head.
B.: The patterned seams create a pleasing "starburst" effect around the crotch (or "Clinton-getter"), making them, indeed, a historically significant choice.