Creation of Stars

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If a typical star is created by a spinning ball of gas, how does the gas start spinning in the first place to fuel that birth?
 

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Stars do not need to spin in order to ignite. They come together and ignite due to gravitational collapse alone.
 
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If a typical star is created by a spinning ball of gas, how does the gas start spinning in the first place to fuel that birth?
A gas cloud is quite a large object and the slight difference in orbital speeds around the galaxy can be enough to impart a significant spin. But stars don't need to spin to form. Their angular momentum can actually interfere with the process of collapse, but they manage to despin by magnetic braking.
 

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