Sub-Millimetre Image of a Stellar Cradle

Image of the giant molecular cloud G327 taken with APEX. More than 5000 spectra were taken in the J=3-2 line of the carbon monoxide molecule (CO), one of the best tracers of molecular clouds, in which star formation takes place. The bright peak in the north of the cloud is an evolved star forming region, where the gas is heated by a cluster of new stars. The most interesting region in the image is totally inconspicuous in CO: the G327 hot core, as seen in methanol contours. It is a truly exceptional source, and is one of the richest sources of emission from complex organic molecules in the Galaxy (see spectrum at bottom)



About the Image

Release date:25 September 2005
Related releases:eso0531
Size:1539 x 2048 px

About the Object

Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Molecular Cloud
Distance:9500 light years

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Atacama Pathfinder Experiment


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