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Young Stellar Object in LDN 1471 | by geckzilla
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Young Stellar Object in LDN 1471

Fine details are revealed in the windblown cloud of dust and gas surrounding a nascent star. LDN (Lynds Catalog of Dark Nebulae) 1471 is a rather large region of dust, and this is just a tiny part where a star is forming. To the lower left and upper right of the star are also some Herbig-Haro objects, which are puffs of matter emitted from the poles of young stellar objects as they accrete matter through the disks surrounding them. Most of the stuff goes into the star, but some of it ends up sent out along the polar axes at some incredible speeds. I have asked how this happens, and apparently it has something to do with magnetic fields. My bank of knowledge is not equipped to understand such topics further.

 

I have colorized a single near-infrared image that would otherwise be grayscale.

 

All channels: WFC3/IR F160W

 

A Snapshot WFC3 IR Survey of Spitzer/Hershel-Identified Protostars in Nearby Molecular Clouds

 

North is 47.39° counter-clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on August 11, 2019