Various scientists across the world are witnessing a never before seen birth in the heavenly skies. A young star, about 4200 light-years from Earth has been gradually taking birth in full view of curious scientists observing from Earth. First captured in 1996 when the star has been just a compact, round blast of wind, it has been continuously under observation ever since then.
The infant star, which has been named as W75N(B) -VLA2 is about 300 times brighter than our Sun. The star and its growing evolution is being witnessed using two radio telescopes. It has also been confirmed that this will be a very heavy star. Currently, the star is surrounded by a doughnut-shaped cloud of dust. That cloud slows down the hot, ionized wind that the star blasts into space, causing it to form an elongated column perpendicular to the dusty right. This elongated column was missing from the image shot that of the star captured in 1996.
These images have been published in the latest issue of the journal, ‘Science’. The journal article described the evolution and growth of the star. The study’s first author Carlos Carrasco-Gonzalez was amazed by the evolution, which he has called, ‘remarkable’. Another study author, Prof. Huib Van Langevelde from Leiden University in the Netherlands found that observing the real time growing story of the star as a very ‘unique’ experience.
One of the major findings from the study of the infant star is pertaining to the confirmation of existence of a very large-scale magnetic field in that region of space. This has been confirmed by observing the field surrounding the star as it is in complete alignment with the star’s growth. This has led the study’s authors to an important conclusion that its growth and will continue to do so as the ‘proto-star’ marches ahead with its development story. This will be an important milestone for science as the current understanding of the growth of very heavy stars is inadequate.