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Silhouette Reveals Hidden Shape of Young Stars Envelope
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Silhouette Reveals Hidden Shape of Young Star's Envelope

August 24, 2005
Detailed new images of the starbirth nursery in the Omega Nebula (M17) have revealed a multi component structure in the envelope of dust and gas surrounding a very young star. The stellar newborn, called M17-SO1, has a flaring torus of gas and dust, and thin conical shells of material above and below the torus.