This drawing represents the expansion of gases leaving a supernova in the form of a shock wave.
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Scientists believe that the solar system was formed when the
cloud of gas and dust was disturbed, maybe by the explosion of a nearby star. Such an explosion is called a
supernova. A supernova makes waves in space which travel outward from the center of the explosion.
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