The birth of a monster star seen at different wavelengths of light

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eso_eso1331d July 10th, 2013

Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/NASA/JPL-Caltech/GLIMPSE

This composite shows the region around the massive star-forming region SDC 335.579-0.292 seen using NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope and ALMA. The Spitzer view is at infrared wavelengths (3.6, 4.5 and 8.0 microns) and the ALMA view is at wavelengths around three millimetres. The yellow blob at the centre of the ALMA images is a stellar womb with over 500 times the mass than the Sun the largest ever seen in the Milky Way. The embryonic star within is hungrily feeding on the material that is racing inwards. It is expected to give birth to a very brilliant star with up to 100 times the mass of the Sun.

Image Source: http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1331d/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei M√ľnchen, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
SDC 335.579-0.292
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula » Type » Star Formation

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Spitzer Space Telescope (IRAC) Infrared (Channel 1) 3.6 µm
Arrow_left_green Spitzer Space Telescope (IRAC) Infrared (Channel 2) 4.5 µm
Arrow_left_red Spitzer Space Telescope (IRAC) Infrared (Channel 4) 8.0 µm
Arrow_left_red Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (None) Millimeter (Band 3) 3.2 mm
Spectrum_ir1
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso1331d
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
SDC 335.579-0.292
Credits
ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/NASA/JPL-Caltech/GLIMPSE
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1331d/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Spitzer Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Instrument
IRAC, IRAC, IRAC, None
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared, Millimeter
Bandpass
Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 4, Band 3
Central Wavelength
3600, 4500, 8000, 3200000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei M√ľnchen
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso1331d
Metadata Date
2013-07-05T17:55:26+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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