IRAS 13481-6124 and its cradle

The object IRAS 13481-6124 (the bright "star" upper left), which consists of a young central star, about twenty times the mass of our Sun and five 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.

From archival images obtained by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope (seen here) as well as from observations done with the APEX 12-metre sub-millimetre telescope, astronomers discovered the presence of a jet, hinting at the presence of a disc. This was then confirmed by observations made with the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer.

Herkunftsnachweis:

ESO/Spitzer/NASA/JPL/S. Kraus

Über das Bild

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Über das Objekt

Name:IRAS 13481-6124
Typ:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
Entfernung:10000 Lichtjahre
Constellation:Centaurus
Kategorie:Stars

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Koordinaten

Position (RA):13 50 48.49
Position (Dec):-61° 45' 41.77"
Field of view:28.98 x 30.57 arcminutes
Orientierung:Die Nordrichtung liegt 0.3° rechts zur Vertikale

Farben & Filter

SpektralbereichWellenlängeTeleskop
Infrarot
Near-IR
3.6 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Infrarot
Mid-IR
4.5 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Infrarot
Mid-IR
5.8 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)
Infrarot
Mid-IR
8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)