Age-Defying Star

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's a galactic mystery
Age-Defying Star

An age-defying star designated as IRAS 19312+1950 exhibits features characteristic of a very young star and a very old star.

The object stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

A NASA-led team of scientists thinks the star – which is about 10 times as massive as our sun and emits about 20,000 times as much energy – is a newly forming protostar.

That was a big surprise because the region had not been known as a stellar nursery before.

But the presence of a nearby interstellar bubble, which indicates the presence of a recently formed massive star, also supports this idea.


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