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Fraser
2005-Apr-21, 05:35 PM
SUMMARY: Japanese astronomers have used the 8.2m Subaru Telescope to get detailed images of the envelope of gas and dust surrounding a very young star in M17. This envelope extends in a symmetrical butterfly shape about 150 times the size of our Solar System. This image hints at the process of how matter streams into the protostellar disc during early formation of a new star.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/glimpse_envelope_star.html)

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Greg
2005-Apr-21, 08:21 PM
This a rather ingenious study design with equally impressive results. Using this method should yield a wealth of data on how solar systems form.

om@umr.edu
2005-Apr-22, 01:59 PM
This is an interesting story, especially two observations:

1. "Around the equator of the protostar, the torus of dust and gas increases in thickness farther way from the star."

2. "Thin cone-shaped shells of material extend away from both poles of the star."

This early structure in a forming star is intriguing. It suggests the possibility that the star may be forming on a pre-existing object.

With kind regards,

Oliver
http://www.umr.edu/~om

Eric Vaxxine
2005-Apr-22, 02:19 PM
ohh.... like rain needs a nucleus?
What could it be?