The Tadpole and the Wriggler, Interesting Newborn Stars

The Tadpole and the Wriggler, Interesting Newborn Stars

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The image above released recently shows a protostar with its gas cloud. Termed the ‘ tadpole' for its shape this newly born star is found in the constellation of Cygnus. This particular area of the night sky is home to one of the largest clusters of the hottest, brightest and most massive stars known. The blue light is caused by ultraviolet radiation from nearby stars pummeling the ‘tadpole’ and the tail is thought to be caused by the powerful solar winds and radiation coming from the nearby giant stars. In the lower part of the picture is a similar star, this one has been called the ‘Wriggler’.


To learn more:


http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/04/The_Tadpole_and_the_Wriggler


Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS

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