You read that right, “using combined data from a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes, including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Japan-led Suzaku satellite, astronomers have obtained a rare glimpse of the powerful phenomena that accompany a still-forming star.” Continue reading for the video and more information.
Astronomers first took notice of the young star, known as , in January 2004, near the peak of an outburst. The eruption had brightened the star so much that it illuminated a conical patch of dust now known as McNeil’s Nebula. Both the star and the nebula are located about 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Orion. Astronomers quickly determined that V1647 Ori was a protostar, a stellar infant still partly swaddled in its birth cloud.