I have read that molecular clouds rotate due to gravitational shearing. What is this phenomenon?

  • $\begingroup$ I've never heard the term gravitational shearing, but shear forces as simply unaligned forces that are applied on one part of a body on a specific direction, and another part of the body in the opposite direction, so I think gravitational shearing will be a similar effect. I found this website which could help you: burro.cwru.edu/Academics/Astr221/LifeCycle/starform.html $\endgroup$ – Charlie Mar 22 at 0:00

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