NICMOS Peers Through Dust to Reveal Young Stellar Disks. A View of IRAS 04016+2610
Depicts: IRAS 04016+2610
Copyright: D. Padgett (IPAC/Caltech), W. Brandner (IPAC), K. Stapelfeldt (JPL) and NASA
A very young star still deep within the dusty
cocoon from which it formed is shown in this image of IRAS 04016+2610.
The star is visible as a bright reddish spot at the base of a
bowl-shaped nebula about 100 billion miles across at the widest point.
The nebula arises from dusty material falling onto a forming
circumstellar disk, seen as a partial dark band to the left of the star.
The necklace of bright spots above the star is an image artifact.
Last Update: 1 September 2019