Research Finds Baby Star Formed 300,000 Years Ago
A recent report confirmed that mass of a star, called L1527 IRS, has been finally measured for the first time. Furthermore, it has been claimed that its mass is as much as one-fifth the mass of the sun, and there are fair chances that it would be growing with time.
It must be noted that the star was formed some 300,000 years ago, when Neanderthals evolved on Earth. Though the star is among the youngest discovered in the universe, it has been added that in case the star had grown the mass at high rate, there were chances of it to be as young as 150,000 years old.
It has been known that a star is formed after a cloud of gas collapses into itself, thereby forming a protostar in the center of a disk, comprising of gas and dust.
It has further been explained how the star managed to incubate energy with 90% of its energy coming out from the material landing on the surface of the protostar, while the left 10% comes from the star itself.
"We're also trying to look at more young protostars to find more disks like this. You can get a big picture view of everything that's going on", said Tobin, a Hubble fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Virginia, in the Dec. 6 issue of the journal Nature.
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