Around IRAS 13481-6124

The object IRAS 13481-6124, which consists of a young central star, about 20 times the mass of our Sun and 5 times its radius, surrounded by its pre-natal cocoon, is the first massive baby star for which astronomers could obtain an image of a dusty disc closely encircling it, providing direct evidence that massive stars do form in the same way as their smaller brethren — and closing an enduring debate.

IRAS 13481-6124 is located in the constellation of Centaurus, about 10 000 light-years away.

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ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

About the Image

Id:eso1029d
Type:Observation
Release date:14 July 2010, 19:00
Related releases:eso1029
Size:10661 x 10691 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 13481-6124
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
• X - Stars
Distance:10000 light years
Constellation:Centaurus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 51 37.84
Position (Dec):-61° 39' 7.79"
Field of view:179.10 x 179.61 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.7° right of vertical
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