National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

A Glimpse at the Hidden Process of Star Formation

| Science

Scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Tokyo peered through the thick gas and dust of a stellar birthplace in the RCoronae Australis star forming cloud using the XMM-Newton X-ray Telescope, to find a superhot plasma of 40 mega-kelvin on a deeply embedded mysterious object.

Followup infrared observations with the Subaru telescope identified the X-ray source as one of the youngest stars ever observed. Magnetic activity coupled with the infall of matter onto the still-growing star may produce the X-ray emission.


More info: Subaru telescope web page