The Infrared Universe: Star Birth
Dark Cloud With Embedded Star
The dark, dusty cloud identified as L1014 hides a baby star inside its cocoon of dust. Shifting to infrared light allows us to peer into the dust and see a glowing, warm protostar on its way to becoming a star. In the mid-infrared view, the protostar glows red due to the warm glow of a surrounding disk of gas that both feeds the growth of the star and provides material for building a surrounding planetary system.
CREDITS: Visible: DSS. Mid-infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/c2d/C. Young (University of Texas at Austin).