Infrared Images: NASA, E. Safron et al; Background:NASA/UPL/T. Megeath (U-Toledo).
With data from orbiting observatories, including NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope and from ground facilities, an international team of astronomers discovered an outburst from a star in its earliest stage of development. The scientists say the eruption is a sudden accumulation of gas and dust by the young protostar named HOPS 383. The young star is part of the Orion star-formation complex.
“HOPS 383 is the first outburst we’ve ever seen from a Class O object, and it appears to be the youngest protostellar eruption ever recorded,” said William Fisher, a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.