Birth of a Star Witnessed
A latest discovery by Astronomers has spurred excitement in the scientific community. A key stage of birth of a star has been witnessed by using radio telescopes. This process in overall took 18 years. The star is 4,200 light years from our solar system and is surrounded by a cloud of dust which is shaped like a doughnut.
The star had blasted ionized wind into space, but the cloud seems to slow this process down. Scientists are currently studying the before and after glimpses of the formation.
Researchers believe that the comparison is amazing. Carlos Carrasco Gonzalez, an author from the National Autonomous University of Mexico says that this discovery will lead the scientific community to new heights.
Though this is an infant star but it’s still 300 times brighter than our sun and is named W75N(B)-VLA2. Researchers find it to be unique experience to have seen the birth of a star in real time. Prof Van Langevelde says that this object is an excellent opportunity for scientists to observe the turn of events for the next few years as this infant star develops the characteristic bipolar outflow morphology.
The turbulent development of the Protostar has made the team hopeful to study the elongated outflow and its magnetic field. The magnetic field plays a vital role in the development of the star; researchers are trying to understand how it actually works.
Dr Gabriele Surcis, another co-author from JIVE says that the scientific community has a small understanding of how young stars develop, he added further that this will turn out to be great as the science tries to find the answers of questions relating to the birth of stars.