RY-Tau

Gemini North image of stellar nursery RY Tau was imaged by the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) as part of a Canadian contest for amateur astronomers. The image reveals tremendous detail in the wispy remains of the gas cloud that formed the bright star at bottom/center. This system is approximately 140 parsecs (450 light years) away, and spans about 2/3 of a light year. The central star is a variable star that ranges between visual magnitudes 9 and 11 over an irregular period of time.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/Club d’astronomie de Dorval/Stephanie Cote, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/Travis Rector, University of Alaska, Anchorage

About the Image

Id:gemini0505a
Type:Observation
Release date:May 17, 2005, 8 p.m.
Related releases:gemini0505
Size:2000 x 1800 px

About the Object

Name:RY Tau
Category:Nebulae

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