A nascent star illuminated by its "neighbours"PHOTONEWS

Protostar IRAS 20324+4057. The matter ejected from the protostellar envelope is revealed in the image in the shape of a blue comet or caterpillar. The protostar itself and the dense envelope of dust and gas that surrounds it - the so-called cocoon - are e
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The above image has been chosen as 'image of the month' by the Hubble Heritage Project and 'image of the week' by the European Space Agency (ESA). It shows the protostar IRAS20324+4057, a very young star 4500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan).

IRAS 20324+4057

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