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A Glimpse at the Hidden Process of Star Formation
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A Glimpse at the Hidden Process of Star Formation

August 24, 2005
Scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Tokyo peered through the thick gas and dust of a stellar birthplace in the RCoronae Australis star forming cloud using the XMM-Newton X-ray Telescope, to find a superhot plasma of 40 mega-kelvin on a deeply embedded mysterious object. Followup infrared observations with the Subaru telescope identified the X-ray source as one of the youngest stars ever observed. Magnetic activity coupled with the infall of matter onto the still-growing star may produce the X-ray emission.