The Glowing Shroud of a Newborn Star

Star-forming region S106. Credits: NASA/ESA, STScI, Keith Noll (PI), processing by Jason Major

Here’s another of my processed Hubble data images: it’s a look into the star-forming region “S106,” made from data captured in infrared wavelengths on Feb. 13, 2011. Here, a newborn star is in the process of blasting away a clear space while still surrounded by the cloud of dust and hydrogen gas it formed within.

Part of the cloud is blocking our view of the star from our line of sight but we can also see parts of the cloud that are awash in the star’s energetic radiation, causing it to glow. S106 is located inside our Milky Way galaxy, about 3,300 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.

Perhaps our own Sun once looked like this, shortly after it ignited over 4.6 billion years ago.

See this and other images on my Flickr album here.