Celestial Beacon Sheds New Light on Stellar Nursery

shows the young star at a quiescent stage early in the birth process. It is surrounded by a circumstellar disk and a shroud of gas and dust. Very little of the star's optical light can escape, so it shines primarily in the infrared part of the spectrum.

Credit:

Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA/J. Lomberg

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Id:gemini0402b
Type:Artwork
Release date:March 30, 2004, 8 p.m.
Related releases:gemini0402
Size:2400 x 1800 px

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Category:Stars

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