A Star in Making

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Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI and Luis Zapata, UNAM/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA(for details, see Image Use Policy).

About this Image

False color image of a star in making located in the Orion Nebula. The color represents the radio emission detected by the Very Large Array telescope using its most extended configuration, and thus allowed to reach a spatial resolution of about 20 AU. This image reveals its protoplanetary disk observed edge-on (the strongest clump, that has a size comparable to of our solar system) together with its outflow, that is perpendicular to the disk (the two faint clumps). In the right bottom corner is shown an artist's conception of this phenomenon.

Investigator(s):  Luis A. Zapata, Luis F. Rodriguez and Paul, T.P. Ho

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Technical Data

    Telescope VLA 
    Date of Observation 2004-11-04 
    Type of Observation Continuum Observations 
    Band Q 
    Wavelength 7 mm 
    Frequency 45 GHz 
    Center of Image RA: 05:24:0.00, Dec: -5:35:13.50 (J2000)  
    Field of View 0.0167 x 0.0167 degrees  
    Technical Caption This radio image was obtained from the project AZ154. In this project we mapped the OMC1 South region in the Orion nebula using the VLA in its "A" configuration at 7mm, getting thus an angular resolution of about 0.05".  

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