ALMA observes the birth of a monster star

Observations of the dark cloud SDC 335.579-0.292 using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) have given astronomers the best view yet of a monster star in the process of forming. A stellar womb with over 500 times the mass than the Sun has been found and appears as the yellow blob near the centre of this picture. This is the largest ever seen in the Milky Way — and it is still growing. The embryonic star within is hungrily feeding on the material that is racing inwards. It is expected to give birth to a very brilliant star with up to 100 times the mass of the Sun.

This image combines data from ALMA and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

Autorska prava:

ALMA (ESO/NRAJ/NRAO)/NASA/Spitzer/JPL-Caltech/GLIMPSE

O slici

Id:eso1331a
Tip:Opservacija
Datum objavljivanja:10. jul 2013. 12:00
Povezana saopštenja:eso1331
Veličina:1225 x 874 px

O objektu

Naziv:SDC 335.579-0.292
Tip:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Udaljenost:11000 svetlosnih godina
Constellation:Norma
Kategorija:Nebulae
Stars

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Koordinate

Position (RA):16 31 1.43
Position (Dec):-48° 42' 32.98"
Field of view:6.14 x 4.38 arcminutes
Orijentacija:Sever je 21.9°desno od vertikale

Boje i flteri

OpsegTalasna dužinaTeleskop
Infracrveni
Channel 1
3.6 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Infracrveni
Channel 2
4.5 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
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Channel 4
8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Milimetar
Band 3
3.2 mmAtacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array