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A Baby Star in Action!

NASA has just released an extraordinary video visualization of a young star that illuminates McNeil’s Nebula, a cloud of gas and dust in the Orion constellation. The nebula was named after Jay McNeill, an amateur astronomer who discovered it using his small backyard telescope in 2004.

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. A new study based on these observations indicates that intense magnetic fields drive torrents of gas into the stellar surface, where they heat large areas to millions of degrees. X-rays emitted by these hot spots betray the newborn star's rapid rotation.

Read more about this incredible star formation and view more photos at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s website.

Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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